Welcome to the autumn 2019 edition of Momentum’s Connect, where we focus on the discussions being had around the future of our cities.
This autumn we were proud to sponsor the first Car Free Day London Summit. Held just before London Car Free Day, which saw pedestrians take to the streets of the Square Mile – the summit brought together speakers and delegates from cities across Europe who are making strides to make car free a reality. Our role as urban designers, transport planners and engineers is to create spaces for people. This doesn’t always mean heading exclusively for car free; more and more we’re working with clients to help reduce a long-established reliance on motor vehicle dominance. We strive to be forward thinkers. Addressing the needs of the future city by making sure that our clients know about and can put into practice new technology, innovation and strategies that will help them achieve their goals, whilst working alongside the ambitions, challenges and constraints of policies and legislation which guide their developments.
In this edition of Connect our in-depth feature looks at the Car Free Day Summit, some of the blue-sky thinking which delegates at the London Summit revealed to us and what happened when Chancery Lane was transformed as part of the Lunchtime Streets initiative. We also travel to Canada to look at an ‘idea for Montreal’.
Throughout the year we regularly host the Momentum Transport and Urbanism Forum. These sessions are an opportunity to look deeper into an area of emerging interest to us and our clients. On pages 14 and 18 we share the output from two of our sessions on shared space and micro mobility, both themes which came out strongly as areas of interest amongst the London Summit delegates.
Finally, in our sector spotlight feature we take a look at how our ‘traditional’ transport planning knowledge and skills are applied in an area where the work of a transport planner or engineer might not usually be considered. Read more about our work for museums on page 20.
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A Glimpse at our London Car Free Day Conversation Series
Hear more about Car Free initiatives with our series of 30-second videos.
Click here to watch the full series of videos where we had the pleasure of sitting with Co-Founder Hamish Stewart, and Flying Dutchman’s Co Founder Harry Walton who shared with us some of their thoughts on what a car free London looks like to them; and why they too were excited to be at London’s first Car Free Day Summit.
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