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Our vision is to be the Institute of Choice for Highway Engineers. Our mission is to provide professional development opportunities, support and leadership for individuals to achieve and maintain professional recognition.

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Active Travel Course picks up pace and turns virtual

  • Friday April 23, 2021

In the UK, 66% of car journeys are less than five miles and fewer than 20% of trips by all modes are over 10 miles in length. There is therefore huge potential for more journeys to be made on foot or by bicycle. In fact, 25% of journeys under two miles are already done by walking. However, many transport professionals can go through their entire career without ever being asked to design facilities for walking and cycling.

The standard road profiles in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges do not even not include any space for cycle lanes or tracks. If we want more people to walk  and cycle, we need to start considering them in the same way that we plan for motor traffic. Places that are designed at a human scale rather than solely for the needs of motor traffic will attract the people and investment that is required to regenerate high streets and to sustain services in rural communities.

The IHE Designing for Active Travel course covers these issues in detail over four days of Certificate/Diploma training, exploring planning for walking and cycling and looking in detail at each infrastructure design element. The course draws on UK and international design guidance as well as encouraging discussion and interaction between delegates. It is now also available in an online format.

This course is delivered by our training providers Symmons Madge and further details of IHE training courses can be found at

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IHE membership formally recognises your qualifications and industry experience. Join us and demonstrate your technical skills, qualifications and expertise to clients and employers.