PTP-Cycle offers a holistic approach in assisting cities, businesses and universities to develop their PTP processes.

  • Training Programme: Implementation cities trained by PTP expert Sustrans then build local delivery teams.
  • PTP Training Programme Manual: Handbooks developed and translated to assist PTP capacity building amongst partner cities.
  • Local Knowledge Hubs: Field offices give a permanent presence and resource across the residential areas, workplaces and university campuses.
  • 50 PTP Champions recruited: Volunteers deliver supporting events, campaigns and competitions in their communities.

A series of events and community activities will be organised in each implementation site. For a complete list, please visit the CITIES webpages.

PTP Methodology

At the heart of PTP-Cycle is a robust methodology already developed by Sustrans in the UK and the experience of other partners. PTP is by nature a flexible approach to travel behaviour change, allowing the common methodology to be adapted to suit local needs, sites and demographics.

PTP-Cycle is implementing this approach in sites which have a high propensity to cycle. Such sites are identified by examining a range of indicators including socio-demographic data and existing cycling and public transport infrastructure. We use direct contact with individuals to identify and meet their needs for support, and to motivate people to think about their day-to-day travel choices.

PTP begins with personal contact, by telephone, on the doorstep, at work or via events, with the target population. This initial contact enables the target population to be ‘segmented‘ into three main groups: existing regular users of sustainable travel modes; non-regular users who are interested in receiving information on alternatives to the car, and those who are not interested in taking part.

Participants in the ‘interested’ group receive a PTP order form enabling them to choose from a range of local travel information materials and other services such as intensive 1-to-1 advice sessions, local bike maintenance sessions and led-rides. The requested items are assembled into personalised packages and hand-delivered to the households or individuals who requested them.

A typical PTP project team consists of a project manager and a team of PTP advisers. A local field officer to coordinate PTP delivery and a network of active travel champions within a workplace or university could be required.

PTP Training Programme

The Personalised Travel Planning Training Programme, is being developed and delivered by the PTP expert Sustrans, building capacity across the EU for long term implementation of this behavioural change technique to achieve a modal shift away from car use and towards sustainable modes, particularly cycling. This will be supported by bespoke guides and manuals. This will result in:

  • 135 trainees trained
  • 1500 hours of PTP training delivered
  • 12 PTP mentoring trips between consortium partners

The PTP Training Programme was delivered to city project partners (12 trainees to become “PTP Practitioners”) at a 2 day workshop in London, complemented with a site visit to one of Sustrans’ PTP projects. City Implementation partners then hold training sessions in their own cities where the newly trained PTP Practitioners train up local delivery teams of 5 (project manager, local field officers), leading to 60 trained staff across the consortium.

PTP Outreach to other EU cities

As part of the project’s specific and strategic impact, PTP-Cycle will engage a further 50 cities across Europe who will be invited to a training workshop in Brussels, on 18 November 2015, following a series of engagement and awareness raising activities. This training will benefit from the practical experiences of the partners drawn from the project, including the benefits derived from the PTP Practitioner mentoring trips.

Additionally, each partner mentors a city outside of the consortium, during the project, in order to give valuable support, to help engage key local stakeholders by demonstrating the methodology and benefits of PTPs. By the end of the project, these 10 cities will have been enabled to take forward PTP programmes of their own. Interested cities should contact LEPT info@lept-eu.org.

One national take-up seminar will take place in Belgium, Latvia, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom in order to showcase the results from the PTP programmes and develop support for future investment, financially and politically. Seminars will be held in the respective local languages.