23 Feb 2021
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
A low traffic neighbourhood is closed to through-traffic to improve liveability, active travel and recreation in residential streets. In May 2020 the UK government announced a £250 million emergency active travel fund in response to the COVID-related changes in travel.
This supported the development of several Low Traffic Neighbourhoods across the UK in 2020. Whether considering the climate emergency or the coronavirus pandemic, there is an urgent need for change in our transport systems. An increasing number of Local Authorities in the UK have been planning and implementing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in an attempt to help bring about this change.
In this session, Tom will explain the principles behind Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, guidelines on their planning, design and implementation, why interest in them is growing, how they benefit cyclists, what challenges there are in implementation and how we as practitioners can help local authorities overcome them.
Tom Holcroft is a principal transport planner based in London who has been planning and designing cycling infrastructure for seven years. He grew up in the Netherlands where he got used to high quality walking, cycling and public transport networks before returning to his native Britain to study civil engineering. Tom has planned cycling and walking networks for authorities including Essex and Wokingham, designed cycling infrastructure in London as part of Kingston ‘Mini-Holland’, and researched cyclist behaviours using different designs of shared use bus boarding stops in London.
Date: 23 February 2021
Time: 5:30pm to 7:00pm