11–12 May 2017

National Science and Media Museum

Department for Transport
Department for Transport Sustrans
speed learning

Speed Learning at Alhambra Studio from 15:45 11 May 2017

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 numbered balloons, in 12 minute sessions (11 minutes for presentation and interactive discussion, and 1 minute for changing tables).

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

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Green Travel Districts: case studies

Phil Jones Associates was commissioned alongside WSP and Sustrans in 2015 to assist Birmingham CC in establishing the very first GTD. The principle of a GTD is one of taking a transit oriented major urban centre, which has a nucleus of influential employers or retailers, to concentrate sustainable travel investment in meaningful high profile programmes. The object is to make a significant impact on the travel behaviour of people who travel to these centres, and to give the responsibility of this to local organisations. In Selly Oak the four most significant employers combine to provide over 16,000 jobs, and the significant student and patient activity made this centre a prime candidate to start the initiative. 

Anna Watt, Phil Jones Associates

Creating car-free cities

Many cities across the world are beginning to shift their mobility solution away from the private cars and towards environmentally friendly and citizen-focused means. Hamburg, Oslo, Helsinki, and Madrid have announced their plans to become (partly) private car free cities. Other cities have measures that aim at reducing traffic including car free days, investing in cycling infrastructure and pedestrianization, and increases in public transport. Such plans are likely to benefit public health. We described plans for private car free cities and their likely effects on public health. No cities are yet fully car free, but many managed or plan to restrict access to city centers for privately owned cars. Health benefits will come from reduced traffic-related air pollution, less noise and levels of heat emitted from vehicles. The greatest health benefit, however, is likely to come from increased physical activity as people walk, cycle and move to catch public transport.

Haneen Khreis, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, & ISGlobal, Barcelona Institute for Global Health


Assessing conditions and policies that hinder or encourage active travel and resulting health impacts

Promoting active transportation can significantly improve health, but is often not easy to achieve.  Facilitators and barriers of active transport include e.g. active transport friendly attitudes in cities, awareness of the benefits on health, availability of infrastructure, topography and meteorological conditions, socio and cultural back ground, amongst many other factors and are dependent on the local context.  Promoting the health argument and incorporating active transportation into daily life may be an important facilitator and discussed during this session.

Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Director Urban planning, Environment and Health Initiative, ISGlobal, Barcelona Institute for Global Health 


Designing in health and activity to towns and cities

Designing in health and activity to towns and cities

Designing in health and activity to towns and cities

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Bradford: pioneering electric-assisted cycling 

Could Bradford become the cycle city of England?

Too hilly?  Too many roads crowded with cars?  Too many unfit people?

Maybe, but this could change, and it can change with a vision, a will and plan. 

Electric bicycles, electric tricycles and electric wheel-chairs offer a way to change Bradford from a polluted, car-congested, child-unfriendly, disabled and elderly unfriendly city into a pioneer cycle city of the hills. Electric bicycles can promote local industry, retail, health, community and help Bradford lead the way forward towards a healthy city.

Come and learn how and why.

Chris Bem, North of England Sustainable Public Health Programme

How to grow a cycling culture: Waltham Forest case study

Jon will provide a journey through the planning, design, engagement and implementation of the Enjoy Waltham Forest (Mini-Holland) Programme. The session will include how concept schemes were developed, lessons learnt and outcomes. 

Jon Little, Enjoy Waltham Forest 

West Yorkshire go:walking

go:walking aims to encourage more people to walk more often and is co-ordinated by West Yorkshire Combined Authority, in partnership with the councils in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds. It is managed by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

go:walking is running in 12 wards across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Leeds. Between July and November 2016 go:walking is offered small grants to organisations in these areas to deliver projects that encourage more people to walk more often.

John Kilner, Walking Cities programme coordinator, Leeds and Bradford Living Streets

Designing in health and activity to towns and cities

Designing in health and activity to towns and cities

Designing in health and activity to towns and cities

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The relationship between cycling levels and injury risk in England

Richard Owen, Road Safety Analysis

Increasing the number of cyclists on a mixed-use road network will results in an increase in the absolute number of casualties, unless other measures are implemented simultaneously.  The relationship between cyclist numbers and safety varies according to the current level of cycling, as demonstrated in the ‘Safety in Numbers (SiN)’ research presented at this conference.  This session will discuss the mechanisms that influence the SiN phenomenon, and what interventions can be used to improve both relative and absolute safety for the cycling community.



Segregated cycling facility costs are entirely due to allowing 30mph motoring limits: 20’s Plenty

Anna Semlyen, 20's Plenty for Us Campaign Manager 

The World Health Organisation says ‘a safe speed on roads with possible conflicts between cars pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users is 30kph (20mph).

  • What cycling infrastructure would be needed if 20mph were the national default?

  • How many casualties and inactivity, pollution and health economic costs would a national default 20mph limit save?

For Scotland we calculated, based on a (low estimate of) a 15% reduction in casualties a first year rate of return is 1,100% from 942 fewer injuries and 1% increase in activity with savings of £56M for a £5M cost. 

What other cycling project pays back so quickly, so much?


Cycle Superhighways: challenges to scheme development

The key challenges to the Leeds- Bradford cycle suerphighway, including the Wellington Street alignment issue, bus company engagement around York Street/St Peter’s Street, and public realm improvements/interactions on Kirkgate

Sabby Khaira, Principal Engineer, Leeds City Council

Keeping cyclists safe

Keeping cyclists safe

Keeping cyclists safe

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Video Route Assessment using cycle-mounted cameras

James O'Brien, Aecom

There are several potential approaches for undertaking cycle route audits in order to determine the level or quality of service (QoS) of provision for cyclists. James will provide an overview of the QoS methodology used to assess the Leeds-Bradford Cycle Superhighway against key design criteria. James will explain how the use of cycle mounted cameras improved subsequent analysis and aided presentation of the assessment findings measured on a graded scale including geographical references supported by photographic evidence.


Replicating Quietways outside London

Will Haynes, Sustrans

An interactive session in which participants will consider how Quietways-type interventions might be applied to a real life route outside London, identifying barriers and measures to address these.  Quietways are continuous, well-signed routes on quieter streets providing a high quality alternative to riding on busy roads.  This session will build on Sustrans’ work in London where we are playing a key role, in partnership with TfL, in delivering Quietways. To give participants time to work through the exercise this session will run as a double session.


Cycling for all in Bradford

Shaun Wilkinson, Lead for Inclusive Cycling, Bradford Youth Service, Bradford City Council

Bradford Youth Service started a cycling project with 7 bikes in 2007, we now boast over 100 bikes - some of which are adapted for disabled young people and some of which are 'fun' bikes including penny farthings, Fat Bikes, tandems, a Tripet and 5 seat Rick Shaw.  As youth workers we are well placed within communities to offer opportunities to young people. We have targeted groups under represented within the cycling communities, including disabled young people to ensure equality of offer and to address the life style choices and health needs specifically. Over the last 3 years we have developed our progressive inclusive cycling programme and last year 512 disabled young people and their families took part in youth service event and were given the opportunity to take part in activities together.


Keeping cyclists safe

Keeping cyclists safe

Keeping cyclists safe

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Silver Cyclists – enabling cycling amongst the over 55s

Successes, challenges and lessons learnt from 5 years of running a supported cycle group for older people. Life Cycle UK offers help, encouragement and regular group cycle rides to help people aged 55+ become confident cyclists. The scheme is so successful it now features in academic research for its success – and the model is easily replicable.

Ed Norton, Development Manager, Life Cycle UK


Onna Bike Bradford: community cycling skills

Mumtaz Khan has, in just under three years, become one of the most well-regarded and influential cyclists in Bradford for both women and men alike. Mumtaz has coordinated a women’s ride as part of the Tour de Yorkshire stage 3 that comes to Bradford on 30th April 2017, and has been looking for 200 women to ride with her, offering bikes, helmets and free cycle training running up to the event. Mumtaz has also achieved significant personal achievements in her cycling. She has recreationally ridden various routes around the British Isles, and in April 2017, will take part in a ride from Bradford to Roubaix. Mumtaz will share her driving inspiration for getting in to cycling or staying involved in cycling, whether it be for socialising, fitness or commuting.

Mumtaz Khan, Onna Bike 

Cycling for BME women

BME Women & girls in cycling was locally & nationally identified as been an underrepresented group within the sport.

Bradford Council in partnership with British Cycling, local organisations and voluntary groups have come together to deliver a number of projects, awareness sessions, and introduction to cycling programmes which have been a great success & Bradford is now regarded highly throughout the country for its engagement of  women and girls in cycling.

This resulted in us sharing our journey in a  presentation at The National Women’s Cycling Conference in Hereford and following this Bradford is now hosting the 3rd annual conference in May 2017. 

Nicole Stott and Calais Lawrence, Bradford Youth Service, Bradford City Council

Wellbeing, diversity and inclusion

Wellbeing, diversity and inclusion

Wellbeing, diversity and inclusion

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'Bike Back': transforming rehabilitation and increasing cycling through bicycle refurbishment

Working in partnership with HM Prison service, Life Cycle UK collects donations of hundreds of unwanted bicycles per year and teaches prisoners the skills to get them back on the road Prisoners gain a City & Guilds qualification in bicycle mechanics, whilst the local community gets an ongoing supply of affordable refurbished bicycles.

Jon Hughes, Project Manager, Life Cycle UK    


Cycling Without Age (CWA) in the UK

Cycling Without Age is creating a multitude of new relationships: between generations, among the elderly, between pilots and passengers, nursing homes employees and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness and quality of life. Life does not end when you turn 75. Life unfolds at all ages, young and old, and can be thrilling, fun, sad, beautiful and meaningful. Cycling Without Age is about letting people age in a positive context – fully aware of the opportunities that lie ahead when interacting in their local community.

Andrea Casalotti, Cargobike Life 

Get Active Kingston exercise referral scheme

The Kingston Get Active exercise referral programme has successfully been helping those who live, work and study in Kingston to become more physically active since 2008.

Referrals are accepted from GP’s and a range of specialist health professionals. The programme support to patients who have been referred for a variety of health conditions or inactive lifestyles to increase their physical activity as a way of managing and improving their health.

Since September 2016, I have been responsible the cycling option which supports those who have not been on a bike for years or those new to cycling have an option to develop their skills or renew their enjoyment of cycling.  

Helen Millier, Senior Cycling Instructor & Coordinator, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Wellbeing, diversity and  inclusion

Wellbeing, diversity and inclusion

Wellbeing, diversity and inclusion

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Introducing a new GPS data tool - monitoring everyday cycling trips

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

Smart locks, stationless and peer to peer bike share

Chris Slade, Bikeplus

How new technologies, innovative commerical products and services, emerging business models and developing infrastructure could impact on the future of public bike share

Data and cycle 'tube' maps for new regions

The speakers have been developing and running a workshop programme around the UK (www.cyclinguk.org/space-cycling-workshop) enabling campaigners to create and deliver Cycle Tube maps to facilitate network planning at a council level.  THey will share their expertise and experience in this session.

Adam Reynolds, Chair, CycleBath and Tom Guha, Space for Cycling Campaigns Officer, Cycling UK


Innovation and technology

Innovation and technology

Innovation and technology

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New accessible payment systems for public bike share

Sebastian Schlebusch, nextbike

New options for payment systems are revolutionising public bike share.  From apps to monthly packages, new services and models offer new opportunities and challenges for the future

The case for smart cycling data

Irene McAleese, Co-founder of cycling technology and data company See.Sense

To achieve a higher modal share of cycling, cities must address barriers to cycling, particularly around safety.  To do this, there is a need for cities to take a data-driven approach to decision-making to ensure efficient use of resources for infrastructure, policy development, as well allowing for citizen engagement. This talk will discuss the case for smart cycling data, and overview the See.Sense offering, which blends technology, software and data with user-centred design.


Getting Bradford Cycling

Carly Wood, Diva Creative

How a comprehensive marketing communications strategy around the cycle network addressed the need to cater for walking and cycling for all abilities, as well as promoting the added benefits thenetwork will bring to local communities

Innovation and technology

Innovation and technology

Behaviour change and communications

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Heathrow Cycle Partnership: intensive behaviour change

To support Heathrow’s vision to become the world’s first cycling airport, Sustrans and Heathrow Limited are delivering a long term cycling partnership to make cycling to work the easy choice for staff. Sustrans are delivering an intensive behaviour change project through a workplace officer based at Heathrow. Alongside this, Sustrans are also conducting feasibility studies on a possible cycle network around Heathrow in line with the Mayor’s Cycling Vision.

James Scott, Programme Manager, Education and Health, Sustrans 


Being bike-friendly: local businesses talk

Led by City Connect

Local businesses share their insights, experience and inspiration aboutb how they helped to put Bradford on the map as a new cycling city

Strategies for transferring freight/goods from motorised vehicles to bicycles, cargo bike & trikes

Richard Armitage, Director, European Cycle Logistics Federation

Discussions with cycle-based delivery companies across Europe has highlighted that there is no one group or professional body which represents and supports the needs of cycle logistics companies. Therefore with encouragement from CYCLElogistics, an EU funded project which promotes delivery of freight by bicycle, a Federation was established to start to make our voices heard at the highest level.


Behaviour change and communications

Behaviour change and communications

Cycle logistics

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Funding active travel – potential sources and generating added value

Helen Ellerton, consultant, Aecom

As a key transition point where targeted behaviour change has the potential to be most successful, career travel projects have been providing young people, in particular those in areas with high levels of worklessness in the North East Combined Authority area and low educational attainment, an opportunity to visit and experience employment and further education experiences beyond the immediate locality.
Working with employers, young people have been planning trips and travelling by bike and public transport around the NECA area;  meeting employers and apprentices and gaining insight into the employment and training opportunities that are available and accessible after compulsory education.

How shared electric bikes encourage equality and diversity in cycling

Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus

This presentation explores a city, operator and supplier perspective whether bike share should roll out this new technology as exclusively electric fleets, mixed fleets or lower cost standard fleets. Research from 217 electric assist bikes (e-bike share) in 16 diverse shared settings has informed the strategic role of electric bike share in encouraging a greater diversity of people to cycle. This presentation will provide highlights of the lessons learnt from user surveys, GPS tracking and operational experience.
E-bike share has broadened the demographic of cyclists beyond a younger fitter demographic. The gender differential is more balanced than individual cycling and compared to the first UK standard bike share users survey, the profile is 45% female for electric bike share, compared to 25% for all UK cycling trips. 



The role of electric bikes in public bike share schemes

Julian Scriven, nextbike

Studies show that e-bike share can enable the expansion of bike share schemes by allowing new riders to cycle without the apprehension of the physical demands of riding a standard bike, allowing riders to select a manageable level of exercise. E-bike share users have noted they can cycle without the fear of arriving sweaty at their business, and to cover greater distances with a degree of reliability.


Funding active travel

The future for e-bikes

The future for e-bikes

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Bradford Cycling Campaign: what next?

James Craig and Dave Robison, Secretary and Chair of the Bradford Cycling Campaign respectively

The Bradford Cycling Campaign was established initially as a Facebook group in 2015 and, following several informal meetings, took on a life of its own in early 2016.  Although Bradford had a well-established consultation forum involving Council officers and diverse group of cyclists, it did not have an independent, member-led campaign as other cities have had for years.  The campaign has worked hard to try and establish itself as a positive force, promoting cycling in the Bradford area, campaigning for responsible road use, and pressing for better infrastructure.  Affiliated to Cycling UK, it is now part of the Bradford Capital of Cycling coalition.  This session will give an overview of challenges and opportunities past, present and future, and seek dialogue and suggestions as to how it can develop further. 




PlusBike & cycle-rail marketing

Sarbjeet Dosanjh, Integrated Transport Marketing Manager, Rail Delivery Group

PlusBike is a one-stop shop for information about your combined cycle and rail journey. How can the cycle rail experience be improved, and what other cycle-rail facilities at stations would be useful, for example cycle parking spaces, cycle-hire at stations or nearby, cycle carriage rules and making reservations.

The future for e-bikes

Integrating modes

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