UKRLG e-newsletter May 2018
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Best foot forward for new asset management guidance

Active travel has enjoyed a resurgence in the UK in recent years. We have seen the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, the ActiveTravel Task Force go live in Scotland, the first ever Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy in England and ‘Mini Holland’ schemes coming to fruition in London.

This makes it the perfect time for the UK Roads Liaison Group to develop guidelines on how best to manage and maintain infrastructure that encourages movement by sustainable means.

Three pieces of work designed to put the asset management of footways and cycleways on a firmer footing have been developed.

To read the full article from Transportation Professional see here:

Transportation Professional May 2018

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Key Guidance - Footways and Cycle Routes

Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycle Routes: Task 1 - Pavement Design and Maintenance

This sets out a process for the design and maintenance of footway and cycle route pavements, signposts existing legislation, codes of practice and guidance and provides further advice where appropriate.  

This first part of the guidance is intended for designers of footways and cycleways, but is broad enough to be useful to assist anyone who is involved in the development, design or delivery of them.

This guidance is specifically focused on footways and cycleways with bound surface construction (similar to Cycle Superhighway 3 in London) and is not particularly aimed at provision that is part of the main carriageway, leisure trails or unsurfaced tracks.


Asset Management Guidance for Footways and Cycleroutes: Task 2 - An approach to risk based maintenance management

This second part of the project provides practical guidance on risk based management of maintenance on footways and cycle routes.  It includes the 'Footway Safety Risk Tool' [see below] that can be used by practitioners to identify where and when maintenance is best placed.  Key steps include:  

  • Reviewing hierarchies, including with regard to temporary or seasonal changes;
  • Identifying safety risk factors (22 identified in the tool), serviceability risk factors (17 identified) and sustainability risk factors (11 identified)
  • Analysing risks by assessing their relative importance and weighting, and describes the usage of a 'pairwise comparison' as a robust way of doing so.

Footways and Cycle Route Research - Task 3 Cycle Service Levels and Condition Assessment

The third section of the guidance uses results from a user survey in London to define an approach to the assessment and management of cycle infrastructure that is tailored to the specific need of cyclists.

This piece of work looks at whether current methods of assessing and determining levels of service for cycling infrastructure are the most appropriate and reflects aspects of condition and usability that are important to cyclists - and which impact on safety and take up of cycling.  

It identified that ironwork related issues, potholes and condition relate ride quality were key priorities for most cyclists.  The in depth survey of cyclists provides an understanding of defect importance, defect priorities and the application of asset management to dedicated cycle infrastructure.


Cycle Tracks and Footways Guidance Risk Modelling Tool

This quantifies and compares the cost and effectiveness - in terms of numbers of potential accidents mitigated - of different safety inspection and maintenance regimes on footways.


The UK Roads Liaison Group

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation
119 Britannia Walk, London, N1 7JE, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7336 1584, Fax: +44 (0)20 7336 1556, Email: justin.ward@ciht.org.uk

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