Breakfast Briefing: Walking, Cycling, Public Realm - the State of the Art

Friday 18 September 2020 - 8:00 to 9:30
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Full Sympsium tickets: £25 - £90
Day tickets: £15- £45

FREE evening fringe events

As part of the UDG and AoU joint Sympsosium on The Fifteen Minute City speakers from Transport for London, London Living Streets, Street Spirit Design and our own UDG Director review the recent U-turn in transport policy that now sees walking and cycling as a key political objective, the range of different measures that are being applied, and the lessons that have been learned, from design options for a wide range of settings, through to community involvement. This session celebrates the launch of the Footways Map, a growing national initiative to promote quiet and attractive walking routes in our towns and cities.

Chair + Welcome

Paul Reynolds  Urben, Director

Speakers

STREET DESIGN STANDARDS: CURRENT AND WITHDRAWN PRACTICE
+ INTRODUCTION TO STREET IMPROVEMENT MANUAL

Robert Huxford Urban Desing Group, Director

The ICE, UDG, PRIAN and TDAG have just issued a two page briefing sheet, Street Design Standards: Current and Withdrawn Practice which summarises in just two pages current and withdrawn street design standards. The briefing sheet stresses the utmost importance that local authorities, designers and engineers should base their work on current practice, and the risks of undertaking work based on withdrawn guidance, including breaches of statutory duties, breaches of codes of professional conduct, loss of professional indemnity insurance.

The Street Improvement Manual is a new initiative to create a 'sandbox' where engineers and designers can float radical and innovative ideas for improving streets.

STREET IMPROVEMENT MANUAL: SLOW STREET PRINCIPLES

David McKenna  Street Spirit Design

Improving the design of a high street is not a blank sheet of paper that so many guidance documents seem to suggest.   Dimensions are fixed, and were often determined decades or centuries ago to standard widths.  David McKenna will showcase different design options for a range of standard width streets, ranging from allowing traffic through, to prioritising people using “slow-street principles”.

WALKING: PAST AND FUTURE + LAUNCH OF FOOTWAYS

David Harrison + Emma Griffin  London Living Streets

Footways is a new initiative, to create maps in our towns and cities of a network of quieter streets and hidden cut-throughs. The first map covers central London, with plans to extend this to outer London boroughs and beyond, following a very positive response from the local councils and Transport for London.

The map combines the knowledge of many contributors on their secret routes through central London, including surprising routes through arcades, mews, public gardens and more. Routes are on offer that connect the main stations with key shopping and working areas, as well as major and minor attractions.

TRANSFORMING STREETSPACE

Laura Georgescu + Gesine Junker  TfL Urban Design 

Over recent years Transport for London has been in the vanguard of the movement to improve streets and public realm, and the pioneering StreetSpace guidance, supporting London in enabling walking and cycling, school streets, healthy streets, low traffic neighbourhoods, kerbside management and much more.

Q & A

 

This event is part of the UDG and AoU joint symposium on The Fifteen Minute City

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