Walking and cycling are among our best opportunities to build, popular, safe, healthy, sociable, low carbon places for everyone.

Working with other independent consultants, we prepareevidence to justify proposals in Local Plans and Local Transport Plans; we facilitate stakeholder and public engagement and we write supplementary planning documents


We develop Neighbourhood Plans, Local Cycling andWalking Infrastructure Plans, public realm and cycling infrastructure design guidance, supplementary planning documents, and the active travel strategy components of transport assessments, green infrastructure plans and travel plans.


We contribute to masterplan design and write consultation responses. We provide concept walking and cycling infrastructure designs and offer a pre-consultation design review service.

Make the stairs interesting and people will opt to walk instead of taking the lift (Rotterdam Stationsplein)

Cycling makes people smile. It really does - they can't help themselves!

Go for a walk with a wheelchair or cane user. Really find out and understand their accessibility needs. It's the only way! (Buckden)

Engaging with the community brings out people's desire for safe, welcoming places to walk and cycle (Buckden LCWIP)

Ask them to draw a bicycle as an ice-breaker. Much hilarity and a nice collage will ensue!

Filtered permeability can quickly and cheaply create safe, welcoming low-traffic neighbourhoods (CycleWight)

Stepped tracks and Dutch-style 'round the junction' design (LCC London Boulevard initiative)

Richard was a board member and major contributor to RB Kingston's successful mini-Holland funding bid - winning £30m to deliver a borough-wide walking and cycling network. The landmark New Malden-Raynes Park scheme opened in Summer 2019 (RL Cycling Projects Ltd, RB Kingston and Steer Group)

We give regular presentations. This one led to a design workshop (CycleWight)



Our experience and network of independent partners brings the combined knowledge and experience of the best specialists for the job in hand

Strategic support and Review: Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans 

  • ActivePlanning has been appointed by Cycling UK to provide advisory, quality management and reporting services to support 16 (of 46) diverse local authorities including two City Regions in preparing their Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans. Partners include Sustrans, Mott McDonald and WSP.

Prioritisation of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

  • ActivePlanning and Maps4Planners were appointed to develop an evidence base and proposals to enable the London Borough of Lambeth to prioritise investment in low traffic neighbourhoods. Various traffic thresholds were identified to show candidate streets, and other factors such as air pollution and the number of children attending local schools were used to prioritise investment within identified 'neighbourhood cells'.

LCWIPs, supplementary planning documents and guidance. 

  • With Maps4Planners and CityInfinity, we developed a Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Buckden Parish Council. This involved a detailed appraisal of the parish's active travel network including walks accompanied by wheelchair users, walked and cycled surveys, a concept design for a route between two villages and public engagement through an event and online survey. We used data from pct.bike and Datashine to identify local potential for cycling under various scenarios and devised a route prioritisation scheme based on utility and leisure. The result - a 57 page document - is being used to attract funding from developer contributions and the Local Transport Plan.

Supporting proposed Local Plan parking standards

  • ActivePlanning supported LB Lambeth's case to tighten car parking standards for new developments to below the draft London Plan proposed standards. We made the case that ward-based car-ownership, even in areas with poor public transport accessibility, is generally lower than the London average, making the case for reduced parking robust and desirable.

Providing case studies relating to active travel in new development


  • For Cycling UK, ActivePlanning undertook a desktop study of developments in the UK that were either successful or unsuccessful at integrating active travel both on and off site. A number of sites were identified showing mixed success. However the conclusion was reached - both from this study and also work by Transport for New Homes - that the overwhelming majority of recent housing development makes little or no attempt to integrate active travel, with almost all of it being very car-oriented.

Writing strategies for active travel

  • ActivePlanning and MP Smarter Travel worked in partnership to prepare a cycling strategy for Team London Bridge, which was launched in November 2018 by the mayor's cycling commissioner, Dr. Will Norman. The strategy covered infrastructure assessment and network design, cargo-cycle freight, cycle hire, cycle parking and behaviour change. We continue to work in partnership with MP Smarter Travel who have achieved ongoing commissions working to expand cargo-cycle freight through TfL grant-funded air quality schemes.

Providing support for community organisations

  • ActivePlanning and CityInfinity prepared a joint objection to a housing development in West Sussex on the basis of its failure to properly consider active travel modes. ActivePlanning used NPPF and Local Plan policies to write a letter of objection to the proposed development.

Experience prior to starting Active Planning - Richard Lewis

  • Winning bidding documents. Richard played a key role in developing The Highland Council's successful bid to deliver a £6.5m Inverness City Active Travel Network. He sub-edited Royal Borough of Kingston's successful £30m mini-Holland funding bid and proposed new and amended cycle routes in the borough, leading most recently to the completion of the New Malden to Raynes Park link - a connection he worked hard to establish in order to provides part of a direct, relatively flat link between Richmond and the strategic London radial cycle way at Tooting.

  • Securing active travel networks and infrastructure from the earliest stages of site masterplanning. Richard played a key role in the stage 1 and 2 masterplan for the regeneration of York's historic but neglected Castle Gateway to create a destination and a great place to live and work. He established clear design principles and designed a new separated cycleway connecting the site with the residential hinterlands to the south east and south west.

  • Cycling infrastructure design and review. Richard prepared concept infrastructure designs for The Highland Council to illustrate the potential for separated cycle infrastructure and cycle-streets in Inverness.


Richard prepared concept design layouts for a VR visualisation for London Cycling Campaign's (LCC) Clerkenwell Boulevard campaign.


Richard's sketch designs for Blackfriars Road, Stratford High Street and Parliament Square helped to kick-start LCC's most successful campaign yet - Love London Go Dutch. Versions of all three of the schemes were implemented.

  • Cycling infrastructure design research. In 2012 Richard and two friends cycled a self-guided 'infrastructure safari' through the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, finishing in Copenhagen. This resulted in considerable understanding about safe design and an enviable collection of images.​​




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