In August 2021, we published our ‘Highway Code Changes are set to Prioritise Walkers and Cyclists’ blog, which set out the proposed changes to the Highway Code from the Department for Transport. These changes were taken to parliament in December 2021 and, if consented, are expected to come into place on January 29th 2022.
In November 2020, one of our Senior Transport Planners George Stow began volunteering at a new experimental School Streets scheme near his home in Hove. See the latest blog on how the scheme has worked and the first hand experience gained.
After nearly 16 months of lifestyle restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, on the 19th of July 2021, the large majority of remaining restrictions in England were removed. Only a few remain, currently centring around travel abroad.
It was great to have the opportunity to take part in the Future of Roads Event run by New Civil Engineer on Thursday 1st of July 2021. The event provided a platform for sector leaders to explore plans for the future of the industry, keeping in mind the challenges presented by Climate Change, net zero targets, Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. Sessions were presented by individuals from the Department for Transport, CIHT, TfL, Highways England, The Highways Sector Council and more.
Orcas and Armadillos are both common light segregation methods used as cycle lane delineators in the UK. The official use of light protection schemes in the UK was launched in 2013, with Orcas and other delineators now a common sight as the UK’s cycle network expands. While they are designed to protect cyclists by providing a physical buffer preventing vehicles from entering cycle lanes, many believe that these devices cause more harm than good. Reports have highlighted concerns over the devices destabilising motorcyclists, creating trip hazards for pedestrians, and even cyclists are at risk when low-level devices are damaged by vehicles leaving parts strewn on the road.