Online Webinar: Cycling & Walking SBRI Funding Competition Briefing
The government’s vision is that cycling and walking become the natural choice for shorter journeys. The Draft Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy sets out the Department for Transport’s (DfT) ambitions for increasing the number of journeys and journey stages made on foot or by bicycle. To support this ambition, DfT is looking to fund a portfolio of projects that propose innovative means of tackling the barriers to walking and cycling, leading to more journey stages being made by bicycle or on foot.
The competition will be run as a two-phase SBRI, and DfT is particularly keen to receive proposals in the following areas:
- Making it easier for people to cycle to work
- Improving the image of cycling so that more of the population feel it is an activity they can incorporate into their daily routines
- Improving road safety and helping people to feel safer – particularly for teenagers and women. There is a significant drop off in the numbers of children cycling once they leave primary school, and women make less than half the number of trips by bicycle than men
- Making it easier to undertake journeys that include both cycling and travelling by rail
- Increasing walking amongst target groups, including those between 30-49 and over 60
- Improving actual and perceived road safety for pedestrians through safer crossings, increased personal safety and design of street furniture
- Using open source data to encourage walking as part of a longer trip involving public transport
This competition is open to all and opens on 18 April 2017.
A briefing webinar is being held on 25 April 2017, where the DfT will outline the background to this competition, discuss the types of innovation that are of most interest, and give people the opportunity to ask questions.