This roundtable brought together researchers and practitioners to discuss the enablers and barriers of active travel to schools, including bike buses, walking buses, safer school streets, and community participation.
The panellists explored examples of bike and walking buses across the UK, the rationale and significance behind them, and how local authorities can support bike and walking buses whilst managing risks.
This session was jointly presented by the Engage-Inspire-Learn programme within Places for Everyone as well as the Education & Young People team at Sustrans.
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• Strathclyde Active Mobility Hub Survey: This survey supports the work from our panellists from the University of Strathclyde. Please take a moment to share the impact of their panel contributions on your practice.
What are the key challenges to engaging businesses when delivering active travel infrastructure? Are they more supportive of some schemes and interventions than others? How can local authorities engage with local businesses to cut through negative perceptions?
In this webinar, colleagues from within the Research and Monitoring Unit at Sustrans shared their findings and recommendations from their recently published report, ‘How best to engage businesses when delivering active travel infrastructure.’
Based on a survey and interviews with 83 businesses in Scotland and interviews with individuals who have experience engaging with businesses, and funded through Sustrans’ Scottish Research Programme, this report focuses on how best to work and engage with local businesses when planning and delivering new walking, wheeling and cycling measures.
This session will shared key takeaways about levels of support for active travel schemes, and how perceptions vary depending on the type of measure – from the most to least popular interventions. It will also share local businesses’ preferences in terms of channels and methods of communication
In the second edition of the series Active Travel in Europe, we explored low traffic neighbourhoods, also known as superblocks, across Europe with practitioners from five different cities – Barcelona, Utrecht, Vienna, Berlin, and Edinburgh.
The fantastic selection of keynote speakers brought different perspectives and experiences in this year’s theme. Ragnhild Sørensen, Head of Communication at Changing Cities, discussed how they are creating superblocks (kiezblocks) from a bottom-up view in Berlin. Florian Lorenz and Georg Wieser of Studio LAUT presented their work on the first pilot superblock (supergrätzl) in Vienna, and the ongoing pan-European r+d project TuneOurBlock – which examines how to expand the superblock concept as a policy and strategy tool. Hans Karssenberg, partner at STIPO, gave a presentation about their work in creating a low traffic neighbourhood from scratch – in a new residential district of Utrecht.
Sílvia Casorrán Martos, Deputy Chief Architect at Barcelona City Council, discussed how superblocks (superilles) form a critical component of the city’s Urban Mobility plan. Patrick Kappert, board member of the Collective Superblock Poblenou neighbours organisation, joined us in our closing panel session to shed light on community organising through the development of Barcelona’s first superblock in Poblenou. Bringing the series back to Scotland, Miles Wilkinson, Senior Project Manager at City of Edinburgh Council, shared his experience of delivering Leith Connections, reducing traffic and improving walkability in Leith.
Finally, we closed this second edition of Active Travel in Europe with a panel session to address recurring themes such as community engagement and participation, political challenges, and placemaking.
You can revisit last year’s discussions by checking out the 2022 Active Travel in Europe event page.
Event Recap and Recordings
Recordings from presentations are available below and slides are posted where available. In addition, a resource pack is available that includes a number of articles, videos, and tools that speakers mentioned within their presentations. It is a non-exhaustive list and serves to provide additional reading.
‘Leith Connections: navigating design and engagement in Edinburgh’ was presented by Miles Wilkinson of City of Edinburgh Council.
Speakers from the series were invited back for a closing panel session to be in conversation with each other and address recurring themes throughout the series. The panel session includes an additional speaker, Patrick Kappert of Collectiu Superilla Poblenou, a community group in Barcelona that was critical in the implementation of Barcelona’s first superblock.
Watch the recording below as we discussed engagement and participation, political challenges, and placemaking.
Collect your badge and enjoy breakfast bites, teas, and coffees.
🎤 10:00 – 11:00 – Welcome and keynote
Why does creating for and with young people matter? Karen McGregor, Director of Sustrans Scotland, opens the day with welcoming remarks. Afterwards, hear from colleagues in Orkney Islands Council discuss the creation of the intergenerational Papdale Park.
Presented by: Garry Burton (Ornney Islands Council), Michael Harvey (Sustrans embedded officer at Orkney Islands Council), and Liz Leech (HarrisonStevens)
☕ 11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee Break
💡 11:15 – 12:35 – Spotlight Sessions
In this morning block, you’ll have the opportunity to attend two case studies. The sticker on your badge lets you know which room to go to first. There is a 10 minute comfort break in between sessions.
Connecting Woodside – Garscube Road Room: Proclaim 🚲Bike Group – 11:15-11:50 👟Walking Group – 12:00-12:35
Connecting Woodside is an ambitious area-based project forming a key component of Glasgow’s proposed city-wide cycle network. Glasgow City Council have recently completed Phase 1 of the project, a 1km bi-directional, segregated cycle route on the A81, Garscube Road. The Council, through a number of community engagement events and focus groups undertaken with disability groups, developed a fully inclusive design that prioritised those walking and cycling.
Presented by: Aidan O’Meara, Assistant Group Manager, Glasgow City Council and Malcolm Hall, Engineering Officer, Glasgow City Council
Engagement Techniques in Kilbarchan Pocket Place Room: Aspire 👟Walking Group – 11:15-11:50 🚲Bike Group – 12:00-12:35
Activate your senses and let a charming pig on a scooter bring a smile to your day. Join us to hear about how between June 2019 and June 2020, we co-designed and trialled changes to the street outside a school in Renfrewshire. The project aimed to encourage walking and wheeling through the creation of a safer and more pleasant urban environment.
Presented by: Christina Eley, Delivery Coordinator, Education and Young People
Apply this morning’s learnings and take a deep dive into the Designing with Children and Young People toolkit. You will stay in the same groups as this morning (check your sticker).
How to apply child-friendly design in School Streets
Room: Proclaim 🚲Bike Group -13:20 – 14:35 👟Walking Group – 14:45 – 16:00
Let’s put the 12 dimensions of child-friendly design into action! Facilitated by the Sustrans design team, this workshop invites participants to think like a designer and consider the needs of a school street from a child’s perspective. Using the dimensions of child-friendly design from the toolkit, you will apply these to a real-life scenario.
Presented by: Paul Ruffles, Principal Urban Designer, Sustrans and Leti Valle, Urban Designer, Sustrans
Codesigning places with Children and Young People: Why, How and When?
The goal for this session is for you to gain a sense of what good engagement in place-based projects looks like from the perspective of children and young people. We will work with you to reflect upon:
Why engagement with children and young people is important;
Why different ages and settings require different approaches;
What ‘good’ looks like in your own and others practice, and how to measure success;
How to align the Places for Everyone toolkit with the process and outcomes of engagement; and
Fears and prejudices towards meaningful engagement of children and young people, and strategies to overcome them.
Presented by: A Place in Childhood; Dr. Jamie Hamilton and Dr. Jenny Wood