What we do

Transport Initiatives provides a broad range of services in the field of sustainable transport. These are mainly related to cycling, walking and inclusive access.

Cycle & pedestrian surveys/audits

  • Spatially based (such as our Bikeability based audit)
  • Route or scheme based (e.g. TfL’s Cycle Level of Service)
  • Subjective assessments, based on experience & feedback from users

The outputs can be used for assessing cycle and pedestrian networks, as an input to active travels strategies or as maps for green travel plans such as that for Leicester University. TI also produced the map.



Transport Initiatives can help local people turn their ideas into projects and focus their frustrations into solutions. We are happy to work in partnership with residents or businesses, parish councils or campaign groups. The picture shows Rob, Esther and Brecon Beacons residents working with maps, post-it notes and felt tip pens to solve tourist parking issues in the “Waterfall Country”. 


Asset audit and review

Knowledge of where sustainable transport assets are, and in what condition, is often poor. We have extensive experience of auditing a range of assets including cycle infrastructure, cycle parking and signing. Our work can provide baseline data upon which we can build robust proposals. On the left our assistant is measuring advanced stop lines in the City of London as an input to our review of their capacity.


Feasibility studies

  • Cycle & pedestrian routes for both utility & recreation use in both urban and rural areas   
  • Bike share schemes
  • Mitigating the effects of tourist traffic
  • Highway safety schemes
  • Deliverability and Financial

The scheme on the left was part of an exercise in removing the centre lines from Lady Margaret Road in Ealing.


Cycle / pedestrian network analysis and development

We have extensive experience of analysing existing and proposed networks, with particular experience of the most recent methodologies (TFL’s London Cycle Design Standards and the Propensity to Cycle Tool).

We have carried out development of proposals based on both route-based networks or a permeability based approach. While we have done this mostly in lager urban areas, we also have experience of developing walking & cycling networks in smaller towns and rural areas.


Wayfinding and signing

Good wayfinding is vital to ensure the success of cycle or pedestrian networks. As well as auditing existing signing, we are able to devise both wayfinding strategies and design new signing schemes including location plans and sign face drawings compatible with TSRGD 2016. We have worked on dense urban networks and long rural routes. We have used conventional highway signing, more rural fingerposts, waymarks, produced colour coded systems and used elements of the “legible city” concept.



A network of roads around a school, business or homes doesn’t mean they are safely accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, or public transport passengers. We can assess how easy it is for different groups to get to places and devise measures to make them more accessible. The area reached by a five-minute walk is rarely a circle.


Cycle parking (including planning)

A key part of providing for more cycling is ensuring safe and convenient cycle parking. As well as auditing existing parking, we have experience of developing programmes for new parking including recommendations on the best type of equipment. Cycle parking “Hubs” are a popular idea and we have made recommendations on these for both councils and universities. We have also produced guidance on how to address cycle parking in the planning process for a number of councils, many of which have adopted this as a Statutory Planning Document.


Travel plans

We have written Travel Plans for a variety of developments, particularly focusing on schools and other locations which are used by young people. We have also assisted organisations to implement their travel plans designing schemes to improve access, or parking, providing maps and travel information.


Monitoring and research

One of our core strengths is a focus on the value of research and data, including writing the only English guidance on monitoring cycling. As well as guidance, we have carried out research on many issues including user interactions on shared paths, usage of cycle parking and ASL capacity.