Niels Hoé is project manager at Atkins Denmark, a member of the Cycling Embassy of Denmark.
Last week he visited London where he is contributing with bicycle knowledge and solutions in connection with Atkins UK’s Masterplan for Oxford Circus and Regent Street.
“It is an interesting project to be part of. Working in another cycling environment, with different policies and the fact that you in the UK drive in the left side of the road makes it quite peculiar,” he says.
A British Shibuya
Atkins is working to give Oxford Circus and Regent Street an innovative makeover. The solution is to upgrade the street, so it becomes more modern and user friendly.
Existing barriers are removed and/ or converted to give pedestrians the freedom to move around easily and quickly – both straight and across Regent Street and Oxford Street.
The planning and design is heavily inspired by Tokyo’s famous Shibuya intersection, which is characterized by allowing people to cross easily.
How did the cyclist cross the road?
In the light of British cycling traditions and policies, Atkins Denmark focuses on providing specific assessments of the cycling conditions in Regent Street.
This covers the development of infrastructure and innovative solutions in relation to cyclists, parking and service initiatives of various kinds.
“We have designed bicycle friendly environments in Denmark for years now. And hopefully I can influence the project in a way, where we use the great experience we have in Denmark,” says Niels Hoé.