Reimagining road space for a healthier future

By Jason Milliet, CEO, MACE Consultancy

When Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced a £2billion package to support active travel as the country emerges from the coronavirus crisis, he declared that Britain had a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to change the way people travel.

Bolstered by an initial £250million of funding to support the quick implementation of interventions to make cycling and walking safer, this bold claim is entirely plausible.

The added impetus now is the social distancing requirements imposed as a result of the devastating coronavirus. A need to not overcrowd the country’s public transport networks underpinned Shapps’ message.

Even though we have got to this position via an unfortunate route, it’s true that we have a better opportunity than ever before to make a change.

To build a clearer picture on this important topic, I hosted a virtual roundtable soon after the government announcement, inviting experts to share their views. Below, I have outlined the main takeaways from the session, which, when considered together, form a suite of ideas for how local authorities can make the most of the situation.

To read the full report-please go to: – Reimagining roadspace for a healthier future


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