‘Shared space’ focus of conference presentation

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An overview of new ‘shared space’ guidance being prepared by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) will be delivered at the LRSC’s centenary conference in January 2017.

The presentation will be delivered by Phil Jones, a chartered engineer with around 30 years’ experience in traffic engineering, transport planning and urban design.

The term ‘shared space’ covers a variety of schemes that involve the removal of features such as crossings, road markings and curbs on the principle it creates a safer road environment.

Shared space is considered by some to be controversial and The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) has recently called on the Government to launch an independent inquiry into the design principles of shared spaces.

The new professional guidance being prepared by the CIHT looks at a range of case studies from a number of perspectives, including road safety, to assess how well schemes have met typical objectives for this type of design.

The guidance, scheduled for publication later this summer, is set to establish three broad types of public realm arrangement: unstructured streets, less managed streets and enhanced streets.

Phil Jones is the principal of the UK consultancy, Phil Jones Associates. Part of the team responsible for Manual for Streets, Phil was the joint editor of Manual for Streets 2. He also contributed to the preparation of Designing Streets for the Scottish Government.

He has been a member of the CIHT’s Urban Design Panel since 2008 and is a CABE Built Environment Expert. He was also part of the team that produced Local Transport Note 1/11 on Shared Space.

Through his work, Phil sets out to achieve ‘synergy between transport planning and urban design, with the aim of creating places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims’.

‘Safer Cities, Safer Futures’ – the LRSC’s centenary conference
Sponsored by RedSpeed International, ‘Safer Cities, Safer Futures’ will look at the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for road safety professionals and elected members working in cities across the UK.

More than 90 people have already registered to attend the event which takes place at the Guildhall in the City of London on 24 January 2017.

Seven organisations have already booked to attend an exhibition that will run alongside the event. The exhibition will be limited to around 10 places.

The conference will be followed by an early evening reception which conference delegates are also invited to attend. The reception will include an address by James Cracknell, LRSC president, who took part in the Question Time session at the 2015 National Road Safety Conference.

Delegate fees are £95 for attendees from the public and third sectors, and academia, and £145 for other attendees (both prices plus VAT); click here to book to attend.

For more information about the event contact Sally Bartrum (attendees and exhibitors) or Nick Rawlings (conference agenda). Both are available on 01379 650112.

08 August 2016