Walking, Cycling and Accessibility Audits
Walking and cycling networks often develop piecemeal, and may have gaps and barriers that prevent their use being maximised. ITP carries out walking and cycling audits to establish the quality and extent of existing networks and identify issues and opportunities. We also undertake consultation with key stakeholders such as local residents, local businesses and walking and cycling groups to get their views. These are then used to inform the development of walking and cycling strategies and action plans to ensure that the infrastructure is optimised to meet people’s needs.
ITP also carries out accessibility audits of infrastructure such as bus stops and stations as well as key destinations such as council facilities, banks and shops. We have developed the AccessAdvisr web-based tool and phone app which allows us to easily carry out accessibility audits by geo-referencing commentary and photographic records taken in the field. These tools also enable us to involve relevant user groups, such as those with mobility impairments, so that they are able to carry out audits and provide other users with a better appreciation of how accessible facilities and services in an area are.
Worcestershire Walking Strategy - ITP developed and implemented a methodology to carry out a pedestrian facility audit to provide Worcestershire County Council with a comprehensive picture of the existing pedestrian network and any deficiencies in its infrastructure. The audit focused on urban centres and illustrated their accessibility through the use of walk time isochrones to each of these locations. The audit was used by ITP to develop a walking strategy and identify network improvements to facilitate walking.
Worcestershire Cycling Strategy - ITP carried out an audit of cycling infrastructure in Worcester to provide Worcestershire County Council with a completeand up-to-date picture and evaluation of the existing cycling network. The audit identified deficiencies in existing infrastructure and opportunities to connect routes, create additional routes and make infrastructure improvements in order to develop a comprehensive and integrated cycling network. The audit was used by ITP to develop a cycling strategy which identified potential network improvements which could be implemented to encourage more trips by bike.
Milton Keynes Better Bus Area Community Audits - ITP is leading the Milton Keynes ‘Get on Board’ way finding and community audit programme. This involves area-wide on-street walk and cycle audits, combined with the development of an on-line user community to keep the audited information fresh and current through the use of crowd sourcing techniques. This approach combines the technical expertise of ITP in assessing the opportunities and constraints for improved walk and cycle connections, with local user experience of ‘what is good and bad about the local transport network’. The aim is to create a sustainable legacy for Milton Keynes as over time responsibility for maintaining the audited information is gradually passed from the ITP consultancy team to the local community.
Adastral Park Cycling and Walking Audits - ITP was engaged by BT to develop a comprehensive travel plan for its major campus site at Adastral Park in Suffolk. As part of our work, we carried out a number of audits of cycling and walking routes in and around the park. These fed into the development of the “Grass Routes” travel plan, and helped us in producing information products and maps to encourage higher levels of cycling and walking.
Safer Routes to School (SRTS) Challenge Bids - ITP developed stand-alone SRTS challenge bids for 4 schools in Worcestershire for internal and external funding. The approach involved area and route familiarisation, extensive local consultation, stakeholder engagement, identification and delivery of funding streams, and most importantly, developed a strategy which embraced the on-going enthusiasm and commitment of these pro-active schools.
Accessibility Audits in Suffolk - As part of our ongoing engagement on the Lowestoft Local Links LSTF project, we have undertaken auditing of accessibility to transport and community facilities for people with impaired mobility. This has been coupled with engagement of local community groups and representatives. We have used the AccessAdvisr web and mobile app based product to undertake these audits. The tools enable location-specific reports, photographs and updates to be made directly by the user community.