Keep Moving, Connect Communities and back Active Travel
What can we do to combat climate change? What can we do to connect our communities and energise our towns? Use our vehicles less and embrace active travel. Easy to say, but hard to achieve as it means rethinking the design and engineering of our streets, highways and trunk roads and choosing to leave the car at home. Construction can help make this possible and CEWales is here to help
When done well, active travel connects communities. It gives a realistic, healthy alternative to driving a car. It is integrated with public transport, improves our physical and mental wellbeing and helps cut emissions and create a more positive vibrant environment. But how do you do it? What’s it like on the ground?
After more training and guidance sessions in September and early October almost 100 people have had either virtual or classroom-based training and guidance set up by Just Ride the Bike on behalf of CEWales and run by Phil Jones Associates. We will do more of these sessions in 2022 but we also want to get outside and see what’s really going on via ‘real place’ learning.
In this ‘real place’ workshop Constructing Excellence in Wales will work with Phil Jones and Associates and Just Ride the Bike to visit a problem place that should benefit from active travel design and policy but might be difficult to achieve. We will look at a place and then do a workshop to ‘reinvent’ the streets for future travel. As a delegate you will be walked through the site, consider ideas and designs and with the help of an urban designer as well as a transport planner to help with facilitation ideas will be captured using live sketches on the day.
Our vision is that each site based half-day event will be hosted by a local authority or delivery agency and will be split between 60-90 minutes on site and a further 60-minute session off site indoors to discuss the findings of the ‘real place’ visit.
It is a fully integrated learning experience that will address some of the local issues and as a group share best practice and potentially shape a solution.
Are you interested in attending? Are you interested in hosting a live, real place workshop complete with weather, hi-vis and proper best practice sharing of ideas and collaboration? Yes – then please contact either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to register your interest or suggest a site.
We are also seeking to run our well-regarded series of four 90-minute training sessions again in February or March and then again in the summer. Look out for updates on these opportunities and please contact us for more information of if you have a special request and want to ask about bespoke, one-off training.