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Design Council and Sustrans form a partnership to help deliver active travel neighbourhoods

Walking/cycle path through park between Kingston and Merton (Sustrans initiative)

[Sustrans supported project: 1.2 km traffice free path between Kingston-upon-Thames and Merton]

The Design Council has recently formed a strategic partnership with Sustrans to ensure the design of  our streets and spaces prioritises cycling, walking, and sustainable transport. This is timely in the wake of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and the Department of Transport current drive to urge local authorities to reallocate road space for walking and cycling.

The new partnership ties into Design Council’s Strategy 2020-24 which sets out three priorities: enabling sustainable living, focusing particularly on climate change; improving health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities; and increasing design skills to respond to major challenges and contribute to the economy.

Sustrans has recently published a guide for planners, urban designers and engineers on how to design and implement low traffic neighborhoods.

Xavier Brice, Chief Executive at Sustrans commented: [the collaboration] gives us the opportunity to work better towards a greener and just recovery, to combine … strengths, reach more diverse communities and create healthier places and happier lives for everyone.” Healthy placemaking will be at its core.