Cycling & Walking

In many places cycling and walking networks are fragmented, with gaps and barriers at critical junctions or busy route sections that deter people from choosing active travel options.

Overcoming these constraints requires strategic vision, defensible evidence, and a commitment to delivering ‘joined-up’ routes that facilitate safe and seamless human-powered journeys between the places people wish to travel.

Man On Bike In London

We plan for cycling and walking as practical travel modes, rather than as afterthoughts. By understanding local attitudes to active travel, and the routes where it is hard for people to choose to walk or cycle, we are able to design more pedestrian and cycle friendly environments.

We combine these insights with the best available data on cycling and walking trips, socio-economic profiles, and our personal experiences. ITP's business cases have helped numerous local authorities to secure major scheme investments for improving walking and cycling networks.


  • Network audits and reviews
  • Origin-Destination movement analyses 
  • Feasibility and strategic network design
  • Stakeholder consultation & action plans
  • Scheme appraisal and business cases
  • Funding applications
  • Impact monitoring and evaluation
Birmingham Cycle Hire Map

TfWM Cycle Hire Scheme Feasibility

The West Midlands Combined Authorities wanted to establish a robust case for implementing a bike hire system across the metropolitan area that combined the flexibility of dock-less services with the permanence of dock-based networks.

ITP worked with TfWM's officers, Bikeplus and BDS Sponsorship to scope the scheme's feasibility. We appraised potential demand for cycle hire services, suitable station locations, and different operating and technology options as a basis for determining the costs and sponsorship income requirements.  

Our feasibility study, and advice on zero-value procurement approaches, led to TfWM's appointment of Nextbike to run the cycle hire scheme for the West Midlands.

Bath and North East Somerset Active Travel Strategy

The universal promotion of walking and cycling is a challenge in Bath and North East Somerset. It has not consequently been easy to develop robust business cases for larger-scale investments in dedicated local walk/cycle networks.

Working closely with the Council’s sustainable transport, public health, and leisure teams; ITP was instrumental in establishing the District’s shared active travel delivery plan. Our expertise helped the group to articulate a vision and set out a high-level business case linked to a number of existing Council policies. Practically-focused actions, and a simple project scoring tool, framed follow-up implementation activities that simplify the process of developing fundable, high value-for-money walk/cycle interventions.

Cycling Bath
Cycling Leeds

City Connect Programme

Improving the quality and safety of walking and cycling routes in Leeds is a priority for West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Leeds City Council, and Bradford City Council. The CityConnect programme is establishing a network of high quality walking and cycling routes across the Leeds city region, starting with Cycle Super Highways 1 and 2.

ITP was appointed to collect and analyse pre-implementation data to establish a baseline of walking and cycling activity in the local area. We distributed and analysed 2,000 household surveys, contrasting our findings with corroborative data on road traffic collisions, cycle parking availability, pedestrian and cyclist screen line and towpath surveys.  

ITP’s comprehensive baseline report used a combination of maps and charts to illustrate existing levels of walking and cycling. Future post-implementation analyses will compare changes in levels of walking and cycling across the city with the data we collected and analysed.

Nottingham Cycle City Ambition

ITP was commissioned by Nottingham City Council to prepare the business case for its Cycle Ambition Programme.  

We worked closely with colleagues at the Council, as well as local stakeholder groups representing business, health, cycling and environmental interests to define, agree and outline the scope of the funding bid. We then developed a Major Scheme Business Case, following the Department for Transport’s transport analysis guidance (WebTAG), to appraise the impact of the proposed measures. 

The success of the bid we prepared resulted in the City Council being awarded £6.1 million to invest in Nottingham’s cycle infrastructure.

Cycling Along The Western Expressway