Safe Cycle Routes
There are many advantages to expanding the UK’s network of safe cycling routes. There are also many practical challenges that an organisation, like Osborne, with experience of multi-modal infrastructure projects can help overcome.
The advantages include better urban air quality and reductions in levels of respiratory illness, diabetes, blood pressure and heart disease. Making it easy and safe for people to switch journeys from cars to cycling is good for the nation’s health and will also help reduce CO2 emissions.
Achieving a network of urban cycle routes that are well-used means making them a natural and easy choice. They have to reflect the journeys people want to make and they must follow the routes they want to take.
The easiest route to build will not necessarily be the one that people need or would choose to use. It might not be the most effective way to integrate safe cycling with other modes of transport.
To make urban cycle routes a fully connected and safe network they sometimes have to cross highways or rail lines. Osborne has executed many projects that involve manufacturing bridges and overpasses offsite and installing them during off-peak times within tightly controlled time-windows.
Where needed, we use mockups and test installations to refine our methods. This ensures that each project proceeds smoothly and is completed on or ahead of schedule.
Working in Live Environments
The technical challenges to overcome include working alongside or crossing live road and rail environments. Osborne has significant experience of successful project delivery in these circumstances. This experience opens many more opportunities to match the cycle routes delivered to the real needs of the population.
Osborne has a single infrastructure team covering highways, rail and structures. Whatever the technical challenges, we can quickly assemble a multi-skilled team under a single project and organisational leadership. This flexibility ensures that the needs of the project and end-users come first and inspires more creative and efficient solutions.