Active Travel: Context & Planning

Our Active Travel: Context and Planning course covers the legislative basis for active travel, the concept of inclusive design and what that means in practice, using a road danger reduction approach and integration with land use planning and new development, tools for planning active travel networks and low traffic neighbourhoods and participation in planning and design.

This course is available as a standalone 1-day course, or as a 2-day course combined with our Active Travel: Designing for Walking & Cycling course.

Also available as an online training course.

Please note the online version of this training course will be split into modules.


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Aims & Objectives:

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course, participants will understand the policies and legislation relating to active travel, incorporating the needs of different types of user and the techniques for planning and evaluating networks and other interventions for walking and cycling.

Course Outline:

  • Legal duties placed on local authorities to plan and design for walking and cycling:
    • Highways Act and Traffic Management Acts
    • Health and Social Care Act 2012 to promote public health
    • Equality Act which protects people by age, gender and ability
    • Infrastructure Act 2015 – and the consequent Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy
    • (For Wales) Active Travel Act and Wellbeing of Future Generations Act
  • Different impacts of automobility on different groups – children, women, older people and disabled
  • Different infrastructure preferences of different groups; and who we potentially include or exclude when we design
  • How to measure road danger; moving from road safety to road danger – what’s the difference?
  • Age, gender and road danger
  • Planning a network for walking and cycling; Propensity to Cycle Tool in relation to commuting and travel to school. Mini-Holland and the Liveable Neighbourhood concept.
  • Audit, consultation, co-design and participation with stakeholder and communities – ensuring inclusive consultation processes

Mode of Delivery:

  • Online presentation and discussion

Benefits of Attending:

The course will enable users to understand the intended outcomes of the policies and legislation that lie behind investment in new and improved infrastructure for walking and cycling.

Intended For:

This course is designed for planners, engineers, road safety staff and consultants that are required to plan or deliver active travel infrastructure or supporting activities. It will also be of interest to people addressing walking, cycling and inclusive transport issues within the third sector and academia.

Pre-Course Requirements:

  • None


Suggested reading:

Active Travel Wales Guidance (2020) Welsh Government

Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (2017) Department for Transport

Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans Guidance (2018) Department for Transport

Cycle Infrastructure Design (2020) Department for Transport

Streets Toolkit (Urban Design and Walking sections), Transport for London

Gallagher, R and Parkin, J., Planning for Walking (2015) Chartered Institute for Highways and Transportation

Gallagher, R and Parkin, J., Planning for Cycling (2014) Chartered Institute for Highways and Transportation

Montgomery, C., (2013). The Happy City, Penguin Books

Pooley, C., Tight, M., Jones, T., Horton, D., Scheldeman, G., Jopson, A., Mullen, C., Chisholm, A., Strano, E. and Constantine, S., (2011). ‘Understanding walking and cycling: Summary of key findings and recommendations’.

All our courses can be offered as in-house training