Inactivity is the fast-growing, hidden epidemic of our time, and yet people are busier than ever and less able to set aside time to exercise. At the same time, over-reliance on motor vehicles leads to congestion, air pollution, damaging road building, and climate heating, the costs and impacts of which are felt in our cities and rural areas alike.
The best way to address these challenges is to make activity part of people's daily routines. We can do this by replacing many more short car journeys with walking and cycling. By reducing car travel we can relieve pressure on our existing transport networks, reducing the costs of building and maintaining expensive infrastructure. By investing to increase active travel, we can give local streets back to people, creating places for social activity and play.
To help people become active we need to change our environments. We need to restrain unnecessary short car journeys while making active travel feel natural, appealing and, above all, safe. Measures need not always be expensive or complex, since the main objective is about making local connections that serve local needs.
ActivePlanning influences the design of policies, strategies and masterplans to enable to more active travel. We work with local authorities and within teams of consultants to advise on network planning and design of infrastructure for walking, wheeling and cycling. We fill an essential but rarely considered 'gap' in policy and masterplanning.
Current clients and projects include:
Department for Transport via Cycling UK; Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans strategic support and review.
Cycling UK: preparation of cycling infrastructure design guidance (various).
Ireland: research and mapping of transport networks for various masterplans with a view to influencing sustainable travel.
SOG Ltd and EcoResponsive Environments: masterplanning a mixed use housing and employment site in Runcorn, work resulting from a RIBA competition winning concept masterplan prepared in 2020.
activeplanning influences and enables the creation of healthy, active communities
In 2014, ActivePlanning founder Richard Lewis successfully promoted the New Malden to Raynes Park link in London as part of Kingston's £30m mini-Holland programme. The link was opened in late 2018 following negotiations with landowner Thames Water, a period of major repairs to cast iron trunk water supply pipes, and construction of the cycle/ footway.