1-2 May 2014 | Leeds Town Hall

Cycle City Expo - 25-26 April 2013, Birmingham

More than 500 representatives from government, employers, consultancies, suppliers, the third sector and public health bodies joined us on the 25-26 April in Birmingham, for the opportunity to hear the latest developments in cycle strategy, and saw and shared tools, expertise and experience.

The focus of Cycle City is utility cycling, and the aim is for those involved in designing infrastructure and promotion of cycling, to develop strategies to get more people cycling more safely in British cities.
"Can I just say a huge thank you to you and your colleagues for a wonderful Expo in Birmingham last week. The whole event was superb, well run with great presentations and workshops. I think the whole itinery; use of the banqueting suite and the Midlands Institute was excellent and worked perfectly. The whole cycling community in Birmingham is absolutely buzzing now and I think the event will help prove any doubters how committed we are to cycling."

Mike Cooper
Birmingham City Council

Daniel Simpson

Cycle City Birmingham Review

Lee Baker
Local Transport Today l 3 May 2013
The buzz at the Cycle City Expo event was tangible, with 500 registered delegates all wanting a role in 'getting Britain cycling' The challenge, however, will be to translate this enthusiasm into concrete action.

Cycling has come a long way, with transport professionals admitting their mistake at not taking it seriously and The Times campaigning hard on the issue. But much remains the same. The DfT is still wedded to appraisal methods that, factoring in delays to vehicular traffic, may not justify spending on segregated facilities on busy roads that the Get Britain Cycling report recommends.

One answer is to reform the appraisals. Professor Phil Goodwin told me that, if health benefits are captured, "the BCRs for cycling schemes are very much greater that for many major infrastructure schemes, even using traditional appraisal methods".  Furthermore, not assuming "inexorable rises" in traffic are inevitable will also strengthen the case, he added.

The other answer is to reduce the role of appraisals. Mike Harris, landscape architect, AECOM, said that in Copenhagen they do not work out the cost/benefit ratios of schemes. "They plan their networks based on logic," Harris added. Andrew Gilligan, the London mayor's cycling commissioner, meanwhile, told me that appraisals have "become reasons not to do things" and in addition dismissed the need for further surveys.

The vision for a nation where cycling is a mainstream mode of transport seemed self-evident to delegates. But is it self-evident how to implement this, as the commissioner suggests? With a drive for standardised design as well, what role for the profession? 
Asked if there is a role for transport planners, Gilligan said: "We still need to model the traffic impacts of schemes carefully." There is more to it than that, of course. The fact that the cycling commissioner is a journalist speaks of the need for the 'softer' skills of communication and persuasion required for implementation. Transport officers and consultants have a role in making that case too.

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Supporters include:

Bicycle Association
Bike Week
CILT - The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport CTC
Get Britain Cycling
ATKINS Clearview Traffic Group
Leeds City Council
Leeds City Council
Local Transport Today
Cycle hoop
Love Cycling Go Dutch
Urban Movement
Urban Movement
Steer Davies Gleave

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Cycle City 2013 Feedback...

"Good spread of delegates from different backgrounds"

"The quality of the main plenary sessions was excellent"

"Well arranged, nice to see so many cycle-specific exhibitors"

"Philip Darnton was excellent as a chair. I found Lillie Matson very interesting to listen to"

"Discussion stimulated by presentations during the breakout sessions"

"The main plenary session with Andrew Gilligan and AECOM was excellent and though provoking"

"We took away a lot of relevant information which we can use in our roles"

"Bike ride along canals, great networking and top class speakers"

"Large attendance from a wide range of cycling bodies"

"Met people I really respect who do important work"

"Enjoyed seeing the transformation in official attitudes to cycling"

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