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ICE Strategy Session to explore post-Covid opportunities for active travel

15 September 2020

The ICE Strategy Sessions continue later this month, with an expert panel set to discuss the hot topic of active travel and specifically where walking and cycling will fit into the post-Covid jigsaw. 

ICE Strategy Session to explore post-Covid opportunities for active travel

Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey and politician Lee Waters MS are among those who will explore the potential of active travel, amid the impact of Covid-19, at the next ICE Strategy Session on September 22.

The free online session will bring together key figures responsible for increasing active travel across the UK, while also featuring some prominent international success stories.

The event coincides with World Car Free Day and will hear from Dame Sarah who, in her role as Active Travel Commissioner for Sheffield City Region, will discuss the Active Travel Implementation Plan and how Covid has enabled delivery in previously impossible areas.

Lee Waters, Member of the Senedd for the Llanelli constituency and Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport , will then offer a politician’s view on active travel during a Q&A as part of a panel that also includes the following experts:

  • Susan Claris, Transport Planner, Arup, will talk about inclusive and flexible use of streets, opening up walking and cycling for everyone – drawing on the recent Cycling for Everyone report.

  • Henriette Vamberg, Partner and Managing Director CPH, Gehl Institute, on the creation of liveable cities, the vital role that walking, cycling and public spaces play in city transformations, as well as strategies for reducing traffic dominance.

  • Phil Jones, Engineering Consultant and Chairman, Phil Jones Associates, will offer expertise on funding for pop-up cycling and walking facilities while assessing whether the active travel increase during lockdown will remain long term.

  • Alan Bunting, Head of Development Delivery for British Land, will discuss developing in a post-Covid world and what the future of work means for developers’ travel considerations.

  • paraeid="{551d336a-ebeb-4b76-8f2a-678346bb78da}{116}" paraid="1158438336">Mary Creagh, CEO, Living Streets, is to explain how best to create a walking nation and the role of government policies in effecting environmental change.

The recent Covid-19 restrictions have profoundly impacted the way people live, work and travel, as evidenced by the public’s desire to be more active, and the rise in popularity of cycling and walking.

A key recommendation in ICE’s August White Paper Covid-19 and the new normal for infrastructure systems – next steps was that new infrastructure investments in the short and medium term, particularly as part of any stimulus, should focus on greater active travel (cycling and walking) alongside accelerating the roll-out of both full-fibre and 5G communications infrastructure.

However, the engineering challenge is huge. People need to feel safe on their bike, cycling needs to be quick and easy, while routes need to be joined up and simple to use. Equally, other users of road space cannot be neglected. Many towns and cities are already congested and routes need to meet the needs of walkers and cyclists, without unduly disrupting others.

Chaired by ICE President Paul Sheffield, the session will tackle the challenges and opportunities that face civil engineers in facilitating active travel, while offering attendees the chance to ask questions of the panel.

Register now for the ICE Strategy Session: How will the Walking and Cycling piece fit into the post-COVID jigsaw?

  • Charles Jensen, knowledge content producer at ICE