Speed Learning and Networking

Speed Learning provides a fast-moving discussion platform for knowledge-sharing and helps teams to network.  The 30-plus case studies will be presented simultaneously at ‘bar tables’ marked by numbers, in 5 x 15 minute sessions (14 minutes for presentation and interactive discussion, and 1 minute for changing tables).

The case studies will consist of short presentations followed by discussion. A bell will be sounded when it is time for delegates to change to another table.

Community engagement

Traffic management for civilised streets and cleaner air

Cycling & walking

Understanding behaviour change

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Sam Robinson, General Manager, Love to Ride

Love to Ride have been developing world-class behaviour change programmes that grow cycling since 2009. Recent developments in technology - and specifically smart phones and GPS data - have uncovered exciting new pathways to learning from behaviour patterns and using everyday cycle trip data to help inform local planning and infrastructure teams. Using crowd-sourced stress and trip maps, Love to Ride will demonstrate this new element of their work, launching a new online tool that is available in the UK for the first time.




Sam Robinson, General Manager, Love to Ride

Love to Ride have been developing world-class behaviour change programmes that grow cycling since 2009. Recent developments in technology - and specifically smart phones and GPS data - have uncovered exciting new pathways to learning from behaviour patterns and using everyday cycle trip data to help inform local planning and infrastructure teams. Using crowd-sourced stress and trip maps, Love to Ride will demonstrate this new element of their work, launching a new online tool that is available in the UK for the first time.


Jasmin Downs, Senior Communications Officer, Sustainable Travel, Southampton City Council & Victoria Doyle, Marketing Co-ordination Manager, Solent Transport

In October 2017, My Journey (the sustainable travel brand of Southampton City Council) challenged the city to take part in #StepUpSouthampton – a walking campaign that combined two important objectives: improving health and increasing the use of active, sustainable travel. #StepUpSouthampton encouraged those living and working in the city to swap one short car journey to reach a 10,000,000 step target together. By the end of the event, Southampton had walked over 11,150,000 steps together – and at the end of October this had increased even further to 11,563,853 steps. 


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Walk more with Go Jauntly

Hana Sutch, Managing Partner, Go Jauntly

This session will look at new ways to encourage people to get outside more, re-connect with nature and the environment. We will showcase how we are using technology to motivate hard to reach groups to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing and discuss our product roadmap.

Can co-mobility complement a healthy, car-lite lifestyle? 

Conor Walsh, Research and Policy, Bikeplus

The nature of travel and commuter travel lends itself to a form of behavioural lock-in, as commuters become dependent on what they know. They become blinkered, or even irrational, in their mode choices. Habits, as we know, are hard to break. How can shared transport break this cycle of car-dependent behaviour?  Our research from the Bikeplus annual survey shows that bikeshare supports people who are new to cycling, including those who are less likely to be a ‘cyclist’ in the first place and increases the amount people cycle. This presentation will give evidence of the above, and showcase how shared transport can complement healthier, car-free lifestyles.

Encouraging healthy behaviour

Dominique Le Touze, Consultant in Public Health, Portsmouth City Council

This session will cover the basic principles of behaviour change theory and science, using case studies of where this has been applied to transport and health.  Learners will then be encouraged to apply these principles to an issue or problem that they have on their 'patch'.  This will also facilitate sharing knowledge, experience and networking with colleagues from other areas, allowing participants to develop some practical 'take-aways' from the session that can be used in everyday work.


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C-ITS (Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems)

​Paul Darlow, Traffic & Network Manager, Portsmouth City Council

C-ITS is an area of technology involving communications between vehicles and infrastructure and between vehicles themselves. This allows road users and traffic managers to share information and use it to coordinate their actions. Portsmouth City Council has focussed in 2017/18 initially on one-way communication from vehicles to infrastructure via bluetooth, to determine travel-time between network nodes. This enables whole-route travel-times to be calculated, which has been enabled for the city's Eastern Corridor as a test-bed area for the technology. Origin and destination points of traffic movements across the network can be measured, including the routes taken.


'Near miss' reporting pilot

James Luckman, Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth has the ambition to become the lead council in the country to record 'near miss' incidents for cyclists. 'Near miss' reporting will be trailed for a period of six months starting from 1st March 2018 to 3rd September 2018, completed via an online reporting form. An evaluation of the trial will determine the future scoping of 'near miss' reporting and, potentially, the capture of third party reporting through video capture. The information collated will be used to support statistical collison data, and towards an informed decision-making process for scheme prioritisation, transport priorities and behavioural change initiatives. The overarching aim is to reduce casualties on the roads and create a safer environment for all road users.

Portsmouth's on-street and off-street EV network

Hayley Chivers, Portsmouth City Council

Portsmouth is one of only two local authorities to have been awarded the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS). Portsmouth have been awarded £100k towards 75% of the capital costs of electric vehicle chargepoint infrastructure for residential areas which do not benefit from off-street parking. The bid was for 59 electric vehicle charge points across 21 locations. In July 2017, approval was given for a two-year trial of CityEV electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in three off-street PCC owned car park locations with high visitor numbers and dwell time. The trial will include free EV charging for at least the first year. 

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Save now, pay later: supporting independent travel

David Beaman, Chair, South West Surrey Disabled Alliance Network

This talk outlines the health consequences of reducing financial support for bus services, introducing parking charges for blue badge holders and the potential loss of concessionary free travel. Reductions in Central Government grants are resulting in decisions are currently being taken by local authorities and NHS Trusts with little understanding of the wider implications of their actions. These actions can only result in subduing levels of travel amongst sections of society, who will become more socially isolated and trigger health complications with potential longer term costs that could well be higher than the savings that are actually achieved. It is critical that these costs are known before any further reductions in transport expenditure are considered, and this talk considers the options.

E-Cycle Service Delivery

Chris Gregory, Director, A-To-There Ltd

The Isle of Wight Council Access Fund programme includes a series of interventions which aim to facilitate service delivery using electric bikes. The care sector has been identified as a particular sector which could benefit from this initiative. Delivery of domiciliary care services is a major trip generator on the Island, with domiciliary care recipients requiring frequent short visits from care workers. The Access Fund programme includes a project which enables domiciliary care visits to be made using electric bikes, instead of cars and vans. The project partner is Island Healthcare Ltd, an established care provider on the Island employing 200 staff. 

Safety implications of increasing cycle exposure

George Ursachi, Agilysis Limited

This talk presents an analysis of the relationship between cycling risk and cycling exposure in England’s cities and what effort, and when, should be focused on in different life-cycle stages of a cycling community. A variety of data sets create cycling exposure and cycling risk levels for English cities. The talk provides a tool for road safety strategists around the UK and abroad, offering an overview analysis and discussion points that policy makers and practitioners should be aware of before developing road safety or cycling strategies. It offers valuable insight which can be used as a guide for organisations working in cycling or general road safety. 

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Providing  affordable, reliable public transport

Claire Walters, Chief Executive, Bus Users UK 

We face growing problems in our communities with issues around mental health, inclusion, equality, pollution and congestion. One simple solution is to improve affordable and reliable bus services – cut bus services and, inevitably, these issues will get worse. It’s a no-brainer and yet our buses are in crisis, caught in the perfect storm of cuts to routes, services and concessionary travel, coupled with a steady decline in passenger numbers with one, naturally, following the other. So what’s the answer? Can we ever hope to make buses attractive enough to tempt car users on board so we can begin to ease congestion and improve air quality in our towns and cities? Or do competing local authority priorities on tightening central government budgets mean we stand idly by while our bus services are thrown under the proverbial bus?


Future mobility driven by local need? Try social sustainability

Sarah Fish and Rachel Evans, Atkins

We have recently delivered projects for Gloucestershire County Council and Transport for Greater Manchester which have applied innovative Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) principles, with emphasis on how transport initiatives are considered and developed in terms of local behaviour, operational and physical characteristics. Mental and physical health is a key social sustainability element in the mix, as SUMPs aim to create places for people where transport is seen as an enabler rather than the end goal itself. This talk brings together SUMP principles with social sustainability, and asks how social sustainability can unlock new channels of health funding for transport.

Co-design outside schools 

Rachel Alcock-Hodgson, Bike it Plus Officer, Sustrans

Parking outside schools is a dangerous and all-too-common activity. It creates additional risks for children making their way to and from school, and idling cars put harmful pollutants in the air. Co-design projects outside schools bring together our urban design and schools engagement expertise, delivering wide ranging benefits, including improving the area outside school, reducing traffic speeds and limiting inconsiderate parking, while empowering, and gaining wide community support from parents, pupils, and residents. Using examples, this talk will discuss the diverse positive outcomes of including communities, and specifically school communities, in the design process.

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Scoping sustainable transport

Julie Staples, Liftshare

'Scoping’ involves analysing transport data relating to commuters' surface travel options, factoring in the ability to recommend potential Liftshare opportunity within the location analysis of a cluster of people or employees. We have learnt that behaviour change can only occur when users are made aware of their transport choices; only then can we evidence modal shift. This provides an understanding of the impact sustainable and active travel will have, including the efficiency and potential cost saving from the modal shift away from single occupancy vehicles. Planners are better able to open up doors to transport poverty areas where requirement is high and accessibility is low. 

Connected communities: Greater Manchester Walking Festival

Carragh Teague, TfGM

As part of Department of Health’s Get Active in Greater Manchester funding, TfGM coordinated the first ever Greater Manchester Walking Festival in May 2015.  It was decided to make the festival an annual event, and it is now in its fourth year, with this year’s festival attracting over 4,700 participants on a walk during May. The festival aims to get as many people as possible across Greater Manchester to find out how easy and enjoyable walking can be. The Festival has delivered a 76% increase in the number of participants, more than 19,000 miles walked in 2017, and a new social media toolkit and corporate partnership to promote walking for the future.


Supporting the development of physical activity habits during the early years

Nicola Blake, Public Health, East Sussex County Council (ESCC)
Pete Zanzottera, Balanceability

East Sussex has put in place a 'whole system' transformation programme to create a step change in the way that it works people to improve health outcomes, as part of the East Sussex 'Better Together' project. Obesity is recognised as a significant challenge, with 1 in 5 children overweight or obese when they start primary school. East Sussex CCGs, ESCC and nurseries worked together to embed obesity prevention as part of core nursery activity, through an innovative programme of support and individual £5,000 grants to 140 participating nurseries. The programme linked with Balanceability, the only accredited ‘learn to cycle’ activity programme for children aged 2½ to 6 years in the UK.


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Better travel choices

Andrew Hough, Travel Choices Programme Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester

Over the last five years, the Travel Choices team at Transport for Greater Manchester have been delivering Personalised Travel Plans (PTPs) to a variety of audiences, with desired outcomes being to reduce single occupancy car use, raise awareness of alternative options and encourage sustainable travel, mainly for commuting. To date over 70,000 have participated across a variety of audiences, including employees, residents, jobseekers, students and apprentices. The project has since evolved, now offering an digital version, which has resulted in a more cost effective and flexible delivery model. Post participation monitoring and evaluation takes place, along with the production of reports highlighting the outcomes of the project. The Travel Choices team has utilised consultancy support to deliver PTP, working with Aecom since inception. 

Beyond the Bicycle: a practical guide to inclusive cycling

Neil Andrews, Wheels for Wellbeing

Wheels for Wellbeing is a charity offering a fleet of over 200 cycles (handcycles, tandems, tricycles, recumbents, wheelchair cycles, side-by-sides and bicycles) that disabled people of all ages can enjoy cycling's health and wellbeing benefits. Disabled people are half as likely as non-disabled people to be physically active, resulting in shorter average life expectancies, painting a bleak picture of the future for disabled people’s health and wellbeing. Our new Guide to Inclusive Cycling (thought to be the first of its kind anywhere) shows how local authorities, transport bodies, civil engineers and policymakers can make cycling more inclusive. 

Active travel – the miracle pill

Hannah Chivers, Cycling UK

If you invented a pill which addressed social isolation, lack of confidence, and ill-health both physical and mental, what would it be worth? If for good measure your pill helped improve air quality, reduced congestion, and helped create healthy streets, you’d be wise to patent it. This seminar will explore the alternative to an actual pill: Cycling UK’s community cycling programmes, delivering behavior change interventions with a positive impact on health and mobility. But these benefits can be limited by silo thinking, so we’ll look at how, in Portsmouth, Cycling UK are integrating community work, campaigning and lobbying on transport issues, and community participation to shape local authority decision-making.


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The future of London’s Cycle Routes – a new approach

Dr. Alex Longdon, Strategy Planner & Sophie Edmondson, Principal Sponsor, Transport for London 

What should an ideal Strategic Cycle Network for London look like by 2041? Where are the most important corridors and areas for investment in cycling now? How do we select where the next piece of cycle infrastructure is built, and what will it look like?  Our presentation will outline the spatial analysis of complex and varied datasets, including the new Cycling Network Model for London (Cynemon), the updated Analysis of Cycling Potential, and population and employment forecasts. Plus the potential benefits of developing a Strategic Cycle Network to achieve Healthy Streets, addressing safety hotspots, realising walking potential and improving access to public transport and new developments, and how to translate our evidence-led findings into real life projects. 

An ambitious cycle strategy for Southampton

Iain Steane, Transport Policy Team Leader, Southampton City Council

Southampton has ambitious plans for its future, over the next decade the city will see a denser city centre, major leisure and retail opportunities and an increase in jobs and productivity. The 'dark side' to this ambition is the impact on the city and its transport network.  To tackle these issues, a 10-year cycle strategy was developed in collaboration with a range of stakeholders including Public Health, Planning and Environmental Health, and externally with interest groups, campaigns and businesses. Over the next decade the Southampton Cycle Strategy envisages £25m of investment in cycling. Delivery of the first three years of infrastructure and activities is underway through the award winning ‘My Journey’ programme focusing on three corridors with new innovative infrastructure.

Walking the way to health and fitness

Helen Corkery, Project Manager, South, Living Streets

A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s just over half.  The government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy includes targets to increase walking for the whole population and, specifically, to see 55% of primary school children walking to school by 2025. WOW, the year-round walk to school challenge supports children and their families to walk to school, helping to reduce congestion and local air pollution and seeing healthier and happier children in the process. WOW is having a big impact across the UK, delivering strong results from small investments, and after just five weeks we see an average 23% increase in pupils walking to school.


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Secured by Design: taking cycle security to the next level

Luc Bonnici, Public Sector Sales Manager, Cyclepods

This talk will explain briefly what Secured by Design (SBD) is and how it applies to our industry, how using this new ‘gold standard’ gives public sector clients confidence in their investment, and how the SBD marque acts as a theft deterrent. We will be looking at stand-alone cycle racks all the way up to 2-tier cycle hubs. Luc is a Sport Science Graduate from Sheffield Hallam University who focuses his love of sport and exercise into promoting growth of his favourite pursuit – cycling! Luc is well placed to offer expert advice on how councils can get the best value from their schemes, whilst offering the best possible user experience to the cyclist. 


Pedestrian priority street design: a case study

David McKenna, Studio Associate Director, IBI Group

IBI have designed and delivered two recent, pedestrian priority schemes: in Kidderminster and Chester.  Both schemes were standard highway environments redesigned to increase economic activity by creating spaces where pedestrians feel comfortable to spend time and hence money, whilst accommodating traffic, including buses. Video evidence is used to review whether the approach is successful.  The Chester scheme has received particular praise from the local blind Access Group representatives who wrote to the council: 'When are you going to do the same to all the other streets in Chester?  Honestly, it is really great. I can’t see any disadvantages to it.'



Using VR as a tool for community & business engagement

Amanda Gregor, Urban Designer, Witteveen + Bos

This presentation will discuss how Virtual Reality (VR) can be used as a tool for engagement, in order to enable people to experience what a place could look and feel like. We work on strategy, planning and design to implement Dutch-influenced walking and cycling infrastructure in the UK. Amanda will discuss why we think it is such a powerful tool to engage . Case studies will be from London and Eindhoven, Netherlands. We will be exhibiting the Virtual Reality of London Boulevard, a proposed exemplar project of a Healthy Street in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, so please pop by and experience what VR is like for yourself.


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What do cyclists want and what do they actually do?

Patrick Charles Lingwood, Bedford Borough Council

This talk is an  examination into cyclists’ and non-cyclists’ attitudes and choice of cycling infrastructure. The Department for Transport (DfT) has pledged to double cycling by 2025. One of the key challenges facing any local authority wishing to contribute to this target is providing the right kind of infrastructure that will get people cycling.  This presentation sets out the evidence from 15 surveys conducted in the UK, Ireland, Australasia and North America, which capture the views of over 15,000 cyclists, near cyclists and non-cyclists in terms of different infrastructure choices, findings with particular relevance to current cycle and public health policy. 

Follow the people

Angela van der Kloof, Mobycon

Whereas previously a limited number of events took place in cities and towns, nowadays you can fill your whole week with events, discussions, festivals, meetings, music and more. This is a challenging development for everyone working in community engagement. The seemingly unlimited growth of events demanding people’s attention can be seen as a threat; hardly anyone may have the time and energy to participate in the event you’re organizing! On the other hand, festivals and events may also open new opportunities for community engagement. In this speeddate we will look into an example from the Netherlands where the European Social Innovation Week was approached as a platform for community engagement. The event turned out to offer fertile ground for new connections to grow!

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