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Transport Initiatives
Office 4, 145 Islingword Rd
Brighton BN2 9SH

Phone: 0845 345 7623
Mobile: 07725 466840

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Twitter: @transportinit

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Welcome to Transport Initiatives!

Transport Initiatives LLP is an independent transport planning consultancy, formed in 2005. Our four members all have strong in-depth knowledge of sustainable transport in general and cycling in particular.

We specialise in innovative ways of developing and promoting sustainable transport options, covering every step from initial strategies and audits to managing implementation and monitoring outcomes. Our clients include local authorities, national parks, development bodies, Government Departments, train operators and anyone else requiring practical and achievable sustainable transport solutions.

The Transport Initiatives team mainly developed their skills working in or for local authorities. They contributed to the work of Cycling England between 2005 and 2010. Our team are internationally recognised as being experts in their field.

Active Travel Fund awards 

The Government's latest fund to help active travel through the pandemic was launched at midnight on 12th November. TI Member Mark Strong has been crunching the numbers. The big winner in terms of Phase 2 funding is Greater Manchester although the authority receiving the most per capita is Brighton & Hove. The money has to be committed by the end of March and spent as soon as possible. Mark also helped with CIHT's contribution to the DfT's Network Management Guidance where there are significant differences from the first round, particularly in the need to engage with groups including disability groups and businesses. 

Transport Initiatives worked on schemes in the first tranche, including supporting Adur Council with its input to development of the successful lanes on Upper Shoreham Road in Shoreham, West Sussex which can be seen here: https://youtu.be/lYeMoeTNw0Q

 

 

 

 

 

Eastbourne, safe cycling by the seaside 

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, TI has been working on proposals for emergency cycling & walking routes. In September 2020 we were commissioned by Bespoke Cycle Group (promoting safe cycling in Eastbourne) & Eastbourne UnLtd (Chamber of Commerce) to investigate the feasibility of a protected cycle track along the seafront. This was intended to help them respond to East Sussex County Councilís proposal to simply sign the road for cycling, which doesnít meet the standards in LTN1/20 and would be unlikely to lead to any significant increased use.

A high quality track here has been a long-standing aspiration for Eastbourne Borough Council and local groups since the 1994 Eastbourne Cycling Strategy (developed by TIís Mark Strong, then working for Sustrans).  Our proposals will provide safe and comfortable cycle access along the seafront, avoiding the narrow promenade where cycling is prohibited. The scheme comprises a two-way track on the seaward side of the road, to LTN1/20 standards. While this means a loss of some car parking (which is difficult for passengers to use), we showed this could be more than compensated for on side streets and in under-used council car parks. In addition, a small amount of work on the junctions could provide more parking while also improving crossings for pedestrians.

Clearly the next steps for this design are a matter for the relevant councils, particularly ESCC. However, we hope that the proposed design will be able to assist them in making informed decisions on the route. As Bespoke and Eastbourne UnLtd said, "Transport Initiatives and Phil Jones Associates have written a very clear and comprehensive report about cycling in Eastbourne. This will really help us to create a joined up, safe cycle route around the town; something we have been lobbying for, for over 24 years!Ē

Cycle Parking is more than just Sheffield Stands...

We all understand that Sheffield Cycle Parking Stands allow most conventional bikes to be supported and securely locked (providing they're located and spaced correctly). But they don't easily accommodate adapted cycles and cargobikes. Cargobikes are common in Cambridge so a recent projected we undertook for Cambridge University included a requirement for parking non-standard cycles. We researched non-standard bike parking techniques from here and abroad and proposed a solution using simple techniques and materials with the design based on a Sheffield Stand. The idea is that both two and three wheel cargocycles, hand cycles and other adapted cycles can be easily and securely parked but it is awkward to park conventional bicycles, so that the spaces will be left free for their intended users. We're hoping that we'll see the first University adapted and cargocycle parking in Britain soon. (Trinity College in Dublin has some, but that's a different country).

New cycle symbols

Signs for new types of cycle parking will also need new cycle symbols. For Cambridge University we proposed the two shown on the left, for cargo bikes and hand cycles. The symbols are constructed from the standard TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions Directions) wheelchair, person and cycle symbols and thus are compatible with the cycle symbol used on road signs.

Maybe we respectfully request that the Department for Transport includes them in the next edition of the TSRGD...?

You can look at the full TSRGD here:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/362/contents/made


 

Last Modified: 24 Nov 2020