London Cycling Design Standards (3)

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you ensure that TfL's highway planners and engineers are able to keep their knowledge of best practice in cycling infrastructure design and assessment techniques up-to-date through an appropriate combination of training and on-the-road experience?


Answer for London Cycling Design Standards (3)

Answer for London Cycling Design Standards (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Ongoing professional development and training is a fundamental part of TfL's mandatory performance management process for its engineers, designers and planners. Training on cycle infrastructure design is identified on an individual basis and may include attending external courses, design discussions and peer reviews led by experienced staff, or participating in training and workshops organised through Urban Design London (UDL).

UDL, which is hosted and part-funded by TfL, offers a five-day intensive cycle infrastructure design course and a more condensed two-day version, as well as other workshops on specific design issues and site visits to cycle infrastructure. TfL staff often co-host these courses and share best practice with others in the industry, both across London and the rest of the UK. Since April 2015, there have been 382 individual bookings for cycle-specific training days and site visits with UDL, 164 of which have been from TfL employees. 

TfL staff also regularly undertake site visits and away days to expand their knowledge and experience. Those designing cycle infrastructure seek to experience the places they are working on by all modes of transport to ensure a holistic approach to design.

TfL also participates in learning and knowledge-sharing at the national level, via regular engagement with the Department for Transport and site visits with officers working on Cycle City Ambition Grant projects elsewhere in the country. TfL also host and visit colleagues from other cities and other countries, to see and talk about new cycle infrastructure.