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Post-Covid transport methods

30 September 2020

Every month the ICE Library highlights top titles, journals or books on an important civil engineering topic. This month, we look at cycling and green transport methods.

Post-Covid transport methods

For this month’s recommendations we are looking at post-Covid transport, and cycling in particular following our recent Active Travel Strategy Session.There is no doubt that Covid-19 will have a long lasting effect on transport - how we will use public transport, increased use of alternatives, such as cycling and walking and how our infrastructure will have to be adapted to facilitate social distancing.

At the same time it is vitally important to facilitate and promote alternatives to individual car travel to secure a sustainable future and reduce our carbon footprint.

How green transport will benefit new developments post Covid-19, webinar
Paul Sheffield Andy Warrington Jason Clarke
04 June 2020.

This online workshop investigates green transport opportunities and challenges emerging from Covid-19, following the £2bn package announced on 9 May by the Government to create a new era of walking and cycling.

Guest speaker Jason Clarke, Regional Director at AECOM, will present the content of the Government statement and subsequent letter to local authorities, regarding the types of measures to enhance the provision and encourage more walking and cycling.
Jason will also outline delivery priorities and discuss immediate short-term requirements to facilitate social distancing as a result of Covid-19, such as widening footways and ‘pop-up’ cycle infrastructure, as well as share examples of what is already happening. Paul Sheffield, ICE President will summarise how this will benefit new developments before the Regional Chair opens the debate to delegates.

This recording is one of over 1000 ICE online lectures and webinars that can now be searched and accessed through the library catalogue

Cycle infrastructure design
Dept of Transport
London: TSO, July 2020

This local transport note (LTN) provides guidance to local authorities on delivering high quality cycle infrastructure including: planning for cycling, space for cycling within highways, transitions between carriageways, cycle lanes and cycle tracks, junctions and crossings, cycle parking and other equipment, planning and designing for commercial cycling, traffic signs and road markings, construction and maintenance.

Life after Lockdown
Sustrans, 2020

Series of briefing papers published by Sustrans, the custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of traffic-free paths. In their first 3 reports they investigate how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting people in relation to transport and movement, from the impact on public transport usage and local high streets, to looking at opportunities to create greener and more sustainable transport solutions for the future.

The site also offers a wealth of guidance on cycle route design and adapting existing infrastructure.

Cycling for everyone - A guide for inclusive cycling in cities and towns
London: Sustrans, Arup, 2020

This guide is designed to support people in local government and the transport sector including designers, planners, engineers, and decision makers to make cycling a more inclusive activity for everyone. In the UK you are less likely to see a woman, a disabled person, a person
over the age of 65, a person from a minority ethnic group or a person at risk of deprivation, cycling.

This guidance aims to improve knowledge and understanding of the needs of demographic groups which are often excluded from cycling; help secure sustained political commitment to improve cycling; inform long-term planning, design, delivery and ongoing maintenance of infrastructure in cities and towns that enable people from all backgrounds and abilities to cycle.

Bicycle urbanism: reimagining bicycle friendly cities. E-Book
London and New York: Routledge, 2018

Illustrated with case studies from the USA, Canada, and Australia, this book provides a comprehensive overview of key topics of concern around cycling in the city including: imagining the future of bicycle-friendly cities; integrating bicycling into urban planning and design; the effects of bike use on health and environment; policies for developing bicycle infrastructure and programs, such as bike-sharing initiatives; best practices in bicycle facility design and implementation; advances in technology such as e-bikes, as well as utilising data from GPS route mapping.

You can access this E-Book through our brand-new E-Book platform ProQuest (we switched from Dawsonera last month). View the full collection and request your account through the Digital Resources portal.

Watch the latest Strategy Session on Active Travel.

Be sure to join incoming ICE President Rachel Skinner's inaugural address on 3 November where she will be discussing the importance of carbon emission reduction and the need for urgent actions.Book the event here.

  • Annette Ruelhlmann, Librarian at Institution of Civil Engineers