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 to the places that people actually want to travel.

Man On Bike In London

We advocate planning for cycling and walking as independent modes of travel, rather than as a combined afterthought. By working to understand local attitudes to active travel, and routes where it is hard to convince people to choose walking or cycling over less sustainable modes, 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 team's personal experiences (since over 40% of us cycle or walk to work most days). Our development of WebTAG-compliant business cases has helped numerous local authorities secure major scheme funds for local cycling and walking networks.

Capabilities

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

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