nextbike
Santander Cycles

Two one-hour sessions, with a short break between, will provide a fast-moving discussion platform for knowledge-sharing and helping teams to network.

The projects will be presented simultaneously at ‘bar tables’ in 4 x 15 minute sessions.
A horn will be sounded when it is time to move to the next project.

 

 

Project Showcase

Choose from 60 of the innovative projects and initiatives driving smarter mobility in the UK and Europe...

Projects 1–33

Projects 34–66

1. CAPITALS (Collaborative and AdaPtive Integrated Transport Across Land and Sea)

2. Citizens at the City's Heart (Catch!)

3. DASH (Delivery As a Service for Highstreets)

4. LHOFT: Humber Optimisation of Freight Transport

5. MODLE: Mobility On Demand Laboratory Environment

6. Motionhub: A UK MaaS solution pilot

7. i-Travel: a virtual journey assistant

8. Navigogo: Scotland's first MaaS platform

9. Smart Routing: a new public transport experience

10. Trav.ly: the Smarter Transport Solution

11. Transport Data Initiative

12. Making road pricing acceptable to the public

13. Solutions to rail – scooter challenges

14. Movement analysis by place rather than trip

15. Active travel: social media support schemes

16. Immersive IoT, VR and data visualisation

17. Motivating active travel behaviour chnage using incentives

18. Active travel for hard-to-reach sectors

19. Make your own sustainable travel resources

20. SPICE: Smart procurement for local authorities

21. Addresing social equity and accessibility for bike share

22. Long-term viability for Wheels 2 Work

23. Wheels 2 Work: costs and benefits

24. The intelligence behind smart city transport

25. Education for fitness and fun

26. Crowd-sourced cycle route planner

27. Beat the Street Milton Keynes: new results

28. Autonomy for last mile journeys

29. West Midlands Data Discovery Centre

30. Sensors, software and data: safer mobility

31. Walk To: 2017-2020

32. South Essex Active Travel

33. Choose how you move

34. Bike-share as the keystone for MaaS

35. Autonomous motorcyle-based taxis

36. Want to find new cyclists? There is an app for that

37. Motorcycles: realising the opportunity

38. Urban Transport Roadmaps

39. MobOx: intelligent mobility for Oxford

40. All together now: carshare – bikeshare – rideshare

41. Building on free, open transport data

42. Supporting ride-sharing with priority parking

43. The impacts of smarter choices

44. Planning for active travel

45. PTP: human and digital approaches

46. See.Sense Cycling Data Trial

47. City Concierrge: Buzzin AR city & wayfinding

48. Road safety: video telematics and machine learning

49. Smart Water

50. Accelerate: building a customer relationship to deliver better journeys

51. Integrating active travel into existing work streams

52. Addressing cycling parking and space saturation

53. Information to improve the customer experience

54. A catalyst for increasing utility cycling across England

55. Eyeware: seeing through other travellers' eyes

56. VAMOOZ: an app-based, crowd-sourced bus service

57. Joined-up working across transport, health and private sectors

58. Addressing active travel barriers

59. Save-a-Space parking app

60. Car-sharing goes mobile

61. CAVs: connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction

62. Real-time transport operations using mobile data

63. Moving freight and commuters to e-bikes

64. The case for better cycling infrastructure

65. 3D and VR data visualisation and analytics

66. Real-time data & analytics for smart cities

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CAPITALS (Collaborative and AdaPtive Integrated Transport Across Land and Sea)

The CAPITALS project aims to develop innovative and scalable multi-modal transport applications , services and business models to support more efficient, greener and safer movement of goods and people across end-to-end land/sea transport. The partnership is made up of a multidiscipliinary team of 15 organisations comprising industrial, governmental, and academic and logistics operators. Funded by Innovate UK.

Vinaya Raghavan, IT Project Manager, Avanti Communications PLC

Citizens at the City's Heart (Catch!)

Citizens at the City's Heart (Catch!) seeks to understand the integrated transport system from the viewpoint of the traveller, so that local authorities and transport operators can devise and manage systems that better match our demands. We use mobile phones to automatically detect the mode and route of travellers, and aggregate the collated data to provide a detailed picture of travel behaviour. Funded by Innovate UK.

Peter Lindgren, Travel Ai

DASH (Delivery As a Service for Highstreets)

Using smart technology to redefine the kerb space and reinvigorate the High Street, DASH combines multiple technology and transport partners to create a collaborative, emissions-reducing delivery proposition involving crowd-sourced deliveries revitalisation of inner-city high-streets via an ‘easy-entry’ B2B and B2C mobile software platform. Funded by Innovate UK.

Neil Herron, CEO, Grid Smarter Cities

 

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LHOFT: Liverpool – Humber Optimisation of Freight Transport

This project seeks to unlock the practical barriers that force individual cargo owners based in the North of England to ship freight on long distance road routes to / from southern ports. The project will achieve this by developing a system that identifies the most efficient end-to-end route for cargo travelling through UK ports and in so doing, encourages the individual cargo owners to collaborate through pooling volumes to remove the start-up risks associated with new maritime and rail services faced by multimodal transport operators on long sea / rail routes through northern ports. The resulting impact could relieve the UK land transport network of in excess of 100 million miles of freight transport per year. Funded by Innovate UK.

Stephen Weaver, P&O Ferries

MODLE (The Mobility on Demand Laboratory Environment)

MODLE develops, tests, and refines new transport services that combine the convenience of point-to-point journeys with the environmental and cost benefits of shared use. The project is using data analysis to find actual and latent demand for services that improve accessibility to employment and healthcare. A core aim of the project is to extend the reach of existing networks rather than compete with them, so services are designed to flexibly integrate with other modes for maximum passenger convenience. The project is also exploring new business models to ensure this first/last-mile solution is competitively priced at the point of use and sustainable in the long-term.

The project partners are Bristol City Council, Esoterix Systems, First Bristol, the Transport Systems Catapult and the University of the West of England. The project is funded by Innovate UK.

Liz Davidson, co-founder, Esoterix Systems

Motionhub: A UK MaaS solution pilot

Motionhub combines electric car club, bike and e-bike hire from single ‘hub’ locations, accessible with a single membership. These provide first/last mile transport options available from a digital platform which also offers train, bus and other local transport options. This means visitors to a given location have a full journey planning, information and booking mechanism for their journeys.

This session will outline the Motionhub MaaS demonstrator project in Southend-on-Sea, covering the success to date and opportunities to extend the scope into new areas in the UK. The aim is to create a viable platform for integrating transport services to provide convenient and sustainable transport choices for passengers and enhance end-to-end journey options. The demonstrator project will be delivered in Southend-on Sea. The project partners include E-Car Club, Hour Bike, EValu8 Transport Innovations, Transport Systems Catapult and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. The project is funded by Innovate UK.

Russell Fenner, Head of Innovation, E-Car Club

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iTravel

The project team brings together the experience and talent of Visual Atoms, iGeolise and the University of Surrey to develop iTravel, a smartphone-based interactive travel assistant. iTravel bridges the gap between textual/map-based navigation and visual navigation by seamlessly combining end-to-end multi-modal real-time journey routing with visual routing and checkpoints, and augmented data. The project is funded by Innovate UK.

Peter Lilley, co-founder and Director, iGeolise

NaviGoGo: Scotland’s first MaaS platform

Scotland’s first Mobility as a Service (MaaS) web application will be piloted in Dundee and Fife this autumn with 16-25 year olds. ‘NaviGoGo’ is seeking to solve many of the transport issues that young people face and provide a real alternative to owning a car. Co-designed by young people for young people, NaviGoGo is a service to revolutionising travel for 16-25 year olds. Co-designed by young people, NaviGoGo offers streamlined and personalised information, payment and fulfilment for buses, trains, taxis, walking, car clubs and bike schemes – all in one single hub. This is to increase safety, simplify timetables, join up different modes of transport and help young people to find the best way to complete their journey.

Speakers from The National Youth Team with project lead David Smith, Director, ESP Group

Smart Routing: Smarter door to door: a new public transport experience

Smart Routing has developed, and is currently trialling, an end-to-end real-time public transport journey planning service for the passenger, and offering new analytical insight tooling and reduced operational overheads to the industry. The resulting Commuter app is also available for Smarter Travel LIVE! delegates on the way to ArenaMK on Apple iOs.

The project has delivered an innovative decentralised architecture that shifts multimodal routing away from cloud servers to the users smartphone device and create new data aggregation and analytics capabilities via the oneTransport platform that can be used to create new industry insights and real-time travel guidance.

Our project is in the final phase running a trial in Birmingham of the technology and for the business model that will support continuation of the services in 2018 onwards. Partners are: Caution Your Blast Ltd (Lead); Ayoupa; InterDigital; Birmingham City Council and the University of Aberdeen. The Innovate UK-funded Smart Routing project is due to complete in December 2017. 

Flora Bowden, Caution Your Blast & Nikki Spencer, Birmingham City Council

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Trav.ly: The Smarter Transport Solution

Smarter Travel Solutions (STS) is an integrated transport project to bring the entire management and completion of a journey under one umbrella. It is to support and engage users from first thought through to arrival in a ‘one screen journey’. Trav.ly is an Innovate UK project that will realise seamless multimodal transport planning for passengers in the West Yorkshire region. The STS team have overcome the huge challenge of combining data, building a business model and delivering a robust ticketing system for the 17 bus operators and rail operators in Leeds. The project will integrate Journey planning, Booking and payment, In-journey and post-journey information and entertainment and Journey history using:

  • Existing and planned public transport routes

  • Smartcard and ticketing solutions

  • Private transport sector (taxis, car clubs, etc)

Rupert Fausset, Affiliate, Forum for the Future

The Transport Data Initiative: Opening up transport authority data across the nation

Fifteen months post-launch, more than 40 local transport authorities, covering over 75% of the UK population, have engaged with the Transport Data Initiative. Authorities are at different stages of understanding how to leverage transport data to deliver improved services and implementation efficiencies. Those with large budgets have built strong capabilities, whilst others have lacked such opportunity. The TDI is facilitating knowledge-sharing, so that wherever an authority is on its ‘transport data journey’, it can learn from those who are ahead, whilst also helping those a little further behind.

Members of the Transport Data Initiative team

Making road pricing acceptable to the public

This project explores results from across the world indicating that road pricing is acceptable to the public, provided that they are informed about the benefits compared to the traditional taxation methods such as fuel duty and vehicle excise duty. It also has potential health benefits such as reduction of harmful emissions, and (for the Government) a means of correcting the decline in fuel duty revenues due to more efficient engines and alternative fuels. A methodology for introducing road pricing will be outlined.

Dr John Walker, John Walker Consultancy

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Engaging stakeholders and involving people travelling with mobility scooters in the development of good practice guidance for the rail industry

ITP recently undertook a piece of research into the best ways of improving issues around mobility scooter users travelling by train, with a view to making rail travel safer and more accessible. The first stage of the project involved a literature review, which included the identification of best practice from overseas, and analysis of rail incidents involving mobility scooters in order identify any trends in circumstances. We then undertook comprehensive primary research involving: a questionnaire survey of over 1,000 users; in-depth interviews with 20 rail-scooter users; focus groups with frontline rail staff; and interviews with rail management policy representatives. The research phase culminated in a full-day stakeholder workshop attended by both the rail industry and representatives from the scooter user community. The outcome of the research was a series of recommendations on how the rail industry could address underlying rail-scooter issue. The research is already leading to some rail operators changing their policy towards mobility scooter users. The research findings are currently being used by ITP and representatives from the rail industry to prepare user-friendly guidance for front line staff, rail management, and wheelchair and scooter users on how to support their travel by train.

Emma Taylor, Principal Consultant, Integrated Transport Planning & Michael Woods, Professional Lead, Operations R&D,RSSB

Movement analysis by place rather than trip

Transport planners are looking to data science and the use of large volumes of both electronic transport data and non-transport data from sources such as mobile phones and social media to improve trip modelling whilst reducing survey costs, and to develop intelligent mobility solutions that better accommodate changing demand. The potential value of big data to capture a bigger picture than ever before, as well as more detail about more individuals over a longer period are irresistible. However, different data sources can have various flaws in terms of sampling, validation, and their ability to capture short, active trips or patterns of virtual and irregular demand (e.g. telecommuting, ‘gig economy’ jobs), especially when the methodology for their use is not adjusted from traditional approaches. Although some of these flaws are being addressed by improved methodology, more can be done by considering what questions the data should answer and how those questions should be framed. I propose that the added value mobile phone and similar big data sources hold for transport planning may be better achieved through modelling activity by place rather than by trip, and to develop intelligent accessibility rather than mobility solutions. This could result in smarter appraisal and monitoring of projects, more responsive services, less disruption and more targeted resilience strategies, and more equitable investment.

Hannah Budnitz, Researcher, University of Birmingham and James Harris, RTPI

Active travel: social media support schemes

In the world of sustainable travel and changing travel behaviour, social media appears to have been an under-utilised resource. There are plenty of projects running up and down the UK focusing on encouraging residents or employees to travel more actively or sustainably, but have these projects thought about the customer or end user experience? If a person starts travelling to work by bus for this first time – and on Monday everything goes smoothly but on Tuesday there are roadworks and the bus has been re-routed – how does the end user stay informed? If you have a free Dr.Bike offer not only for employees working for businesses in the area but for any person living within the city, how do you promote that quickly?

How do you gain further buy-in for the project in the first place? Social media is the answer. Using examples from previous work, the presentation will explore how social media can be used to support sustainable travel and travel behaviour change projects, and how social media channels can be used effectively to promote initiatives, and will include some top tips for those thinking of using social media as part of their own schemes.

Kirsty Whittaker, Consultant, SYSTRA

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Immersive IoT, VR and data visualisation

The Internet of Things (IoT) adds sensors and data analysis to everyday equipment like streetlamps, vehicles or home heating equipment. These smart improvements help deliver more personal, efficient and flexible products and services. As part of the CityVerve project, Clicks and Links will design a serious same platform to encourage a positive behaviour change with Manchester residents. As a demonstrator, it will deploy its award-winning game, the Age of Energy. Additionally, it will apply its virtual reality knowledge in building a data visualisation platform that creates actionable insights for residents as well as city leadership. Both platforms will operate cross-domain and will be able for application throughout the CityVerve use cases.

Vin Sumner, CEO, Clicks and Links

Motivating active travel behaviour change using incentives

The project focused on learning lessons from the Better Travel pilot in Birmingham. Better Travel was a behaviour change programme which utilised a mobile app and digital currency to encourage people to take fewer solo car journeys and use more sustainable, multi-modal and active forms of travel. It was implemented May to September 2016 by BetterPoints Ltd for Birmingham City Council’s Sustainability team as part of the Transition Cities Programme. The project aimed to motivate active and sustainable travel behaviour and understand multi modal travel behaviour by tracking and analysing it by user segment or ‘cluster’, based upon starting activity levels. Challenges, incentives and rewards were designed to promote behaviour change. The talk will explain the rationale, process and results of the pilot. It will also consider conclusions and questions arising from the pilot around the potential for incentivising travel behaviour change using gamification features and monetary and non-monetary rewards.

Hannah Bowden, Project Director, BetterPoints

Active and sustainable travel for hard-to-reach sectors

The Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) programme supports behaviour change initiatives to increase active and sustainable travel. It is administered by Paths for All on behalf of Transport Scotland, and aims to make walking and cycling a mode of choice for short local journeys. It also encourages other forms of sustainable choices such as public transport use and car share. Together, the projects will help to cut Scotland’s carbon emissions and improve our air quality as well as reverse the trend towards sedentary lifestyles and tackle health inequalities. Now in its third year, the Programme allocates funds to local authorities across Scotland. £5 million has been made available to local authorities each year, with awards match-funded by at least 50%.

Each authority develops packages of measures that are tailored to distinct communities or target audiences, and these are implemented by the end of each financial year. Typical case studies will be presented, including active travel social marketing campaigns, community challenges, personal travel planning and partnership working. The conference session will also discuss the impact of the programme in areas which would otherwise not have received funding for active and sustainable travel.

Gary Bell, Development Officer, Paths for All

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Make your own sustainable travel resources 

Following the success of the Sustainable Travel Transition Year Fund (STTYF) programme, Pindar Creative were asked to create a resource that would enable schools, businesses and local communities to produce their own leaflets featuring a site-specific map. We built an intuitive mapping portal that allows users to choose one of four templates (primary school; secondary school; business; community) providing useful information on active and sustainable travel. The templates can be personalised with site names and some supplementary information.

Users can choose from three layers of OpenStreetMap data, highlighting cycling and transportation links, and can include up to two isochrones to indicate walking times from their site. Symbols can be dragged and dropped onto the leaflet to highlight cycle parking, local crossings, and no parking zones.
Once happy with the finished leaflet, users can download a PDF for use on their website, or print to their home or office printer, or a professional printer. 

Maria Heaman and Jill Tinsley, Pindar Creative

SPICE: Smart procurement models

SPICE gives public authorities an invaluable opportunity to share their experiences of procurement for innovative sustainable transportation. Project aims are to facilitate dialogue between public procurers and industry and develop a set of recommendations as reference for public procurers and suppliers.The project facilitates experience exchange, knowledge transfer, capacity building and raise awareness using its stakeholder group (SPICE Stakeholders) as a platform. It will also form a number of Common Buyer Groups to facilitate joint procurements during and after the project timeframe. SPICE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and led by ETRICO.
www.spice-project.eu

Esme Cushing, Principal Transpor Planner, Northamptonshire County Council

Addressing social equity and accessibility for bike share

The bike share sector is continuously developing new initiatives and incentives to encourage under-represented groups to access the bikes. As well as the introduction of different bike types, such as electric bikes, there is an increasing understanding that more needs to be done to reach out to certain user groups. Nextbike are involved in several projects, which include working with local job centres and community groups to encourage new ridership and, more importantly, to ensure bike share remains an inclusive service for all to use.

Billie Denham Svark, Business Development Manager, nextbike

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Long-term viability for Wheels 2 Work 

Wheels 2 Work: a sustainable part of a local authority's transport offering or an expensive short-term project? This talk seeks to explore how Wheels 2 Work has evolved since its inception more than 20 years ago when it was 'championed' by the Countryside Agency, and how long-term sustainable projects can be developed to aid local authorities deliver effective, affordable and appropriate transport for all sections of their community.

Nicky Bassett Powell, National Coordinator, Wheels 2 Work Association

Wheels 2 Work Schemes: costs and benefits

Rural areas have characteristically always had difficulties with public transport due to the nature of their locations. The locations can be extremely hilly with populations spread vastly, but many are well within commuting distance (via sustainable alternatives to car) of large employment areas if they were available. Recently, funding for rural public transport has been cut, so how then do young people in rural areas find job opportunities or apprenticeships?
The Wheels to Work Association has traditionally focused on creating access to employment for people of all ages who do not or cannot drive. There are multiple different Wheels to Work projects which have been run across the country helping individuals get to work. Whereas before the modes of transport that have been advertised through Wheels to Work have been mopeds, scooters, motorbikes and in some cases a car, the evolution of the electric bicycle has proven to be a new and popular choice for all. SYSTRA are keen to explore the cost benefit of Wheels to Work Schemes to rural areas and how this will help produce business cases to different areas wanting to run a scheme.

Anna Newey, Consultant, SYSTRA

The intelligence behind smart city transport

SimplifAI is a new form of urban mobility management system based on artificial intelligence and suitable for use as a smart city solution. It can help to improve the reliability of transport networks and integrate autonomous vehicles into city transport. It deals in particular with non-recurrent congestion due to unforeseen or unplanned events. 'The main product is a real-time operational software tool that enables transport management operations team members to set an operational goal for the system and the tool will iteratively configure and reconfigure existing operational control assets to achieve that goal,' says KAM Futures’ founder and managing director, Keith McCabe. ‘The system uses existing real-time monitoring systems to track the progress towards achieving its goals and re-plans based on real-world monitoring of the impacts.’

Keith McCabe, Founder, & Sharon Kindleysides, Programme Director, KAM Futures

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Scooting: a popular new mode of travel

Scoot Fit is a new physical activity aimed at getting more children and adults fit and healthy on scooters and to participate in active travel. Our training develops people from average riders of scooters into experts and potential athletes on scooters.  Scooting is an enjoyable and practical form of travel to work, school and nursery helping adults and children achieve their recommended daily physical allowance. Through our work we have successfully delivered scooting programmes in hundreds of schools, nurseries and workplace settings which has resulted in behaviour change.  Through our Scoot Fit training courses we have received 95% positive feedback from adults exposed to scooting, they said they really liked the activity and would scoot again. In our research we found that 40%-50% of children in EYFS and KS1 had not developed enough strength and stability in their standing leg to scoot successfully. This lack of strength and stamina leads to accidents and a sense of failure. However with training this can quickly be rectified and the child can confidently scoot. We would like to discuss our innovative new way of using push scooters, and how we can help get your community moving.

James Rodger, Director, Scoot Fit

Blubel: crowd-sourced cycling route planner

Blubel – from a London startup run by Sasha Afanasieva – functions as a combination cycling bell and crowd-learning route planner that gives directions via the safest route, in a way that is easy to comprehend while on the move. Blubel combines multiple data-sets with the OpenStreetMap protocol to show the best routes for cyclists, including cycle paths and other routes that are sometimes missed by car-focused route-finders. It also pulls in data on current road works, traffic accident black-spots and Blubel-user crowd-created data on dangerous areas for bicycles.

Sasha Afanasieva, Founder, blubel

Beat the Street Milton Keynes: new results

Beat the Street is a free challenge that turned Milton Keynes into a massive to encourage people to explore the town on foot or bicycle between February and March 2017. Special swipable sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ are used to reward active with points and prizes. The initiative is run by Intelligent Health on behalf of Milton Keynes Council’s Sustainable Transport Team. Its aim is to encourage thousands of people to explore Milton Keynes with their friends and family, and discover something new about their area. The resukts of this latest Beat the Street game will be revealed and analysed.

Katherine Knight, Marketing Director, Intelligent Health

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Autonomy for last mile journeys

Propelmee has the vision of ‘enabling machines in motion to understand the world’, and aims to enable autonomy for driverless cars, low-speed urban transport, last-mile delivery, assistive mobility, and field-and-service robots. Core expertise is in machine ‘perception’, which we believe forms the bedrock for autonomy on any platform. Propelmee is working on machine learning tools and utilising deep convolutional neural networks to help autonomous mobile robots get better at navigating their environment by learning from experience.

Zain Khawaja, Founder, Propelmee

West Midlands Data Discovery Centre

The Data Discovery Centre provides a data sharing platform gathering data from different organisations involved in regional mobility and making these data available and accessible to anyone.
Many of the datasets available are too complex for those outside of their source organisations to understand. The Data Discovery Centre makes the data more accessible, enabling SMEs and universities to innovate and collaborate more easily. This helps to improve digital, data and collaboration skills for staff within the highways, rail, construction, freight/haulage and public transport industries, engaging and enabling local communities early in the process to reduce congestion, improve air quality, health and wellbeing, and enable local businesses to thrive.

Teresa Jolley, Director, DEFT 153

Sensors, software and data: making mobility safer

The Floow aims to make mobility safer and smarter for all by helping insurers and auto service organisations to generate profits. Its technology and science are backing some of the largest insurers in the world, and The Floow design and operate the world’s most insightful and user-friendly telematics platform-as-a-service. We provide motor insurers and auto organisations with actionable analytics to increase customer loyalty and ROI.  The Floow harnesses the power of sensors, software and data, enabling insurers to focus on their core mission of protecting consumers. We are dedicated to equipping the insurance industry with indispensable technology tools that protect human life and promote all forms of smart mobility awaiting us.

Sam Chapman, Director, The Floow

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Walk To: 2017-20

This project aims to contribute to economic, health and environmental outcomes in ten local authority areas (counties, unitaries and combined authorities) and more widely across England by:

  • Supporting more people to access employment, education and training through walking and cycling

  • Increasing walking and cycling journeys for education and commuting

  • Delivering a legacy for walking and cycling in schools and workplaces

Estimated benefits include 66 million new walking trips and a reduction of over 37 million car kilometres (26.8 million there and back journeys). An Access-funded project delivered by Blackpool Borough Council-led consortium and Living Steets.

Jenni Wiggle, Director of Local Impact, Living Streets

South Essex Active Travel: Access to jobs, learning and skills

The programme aims to facilitate a step-change in the area’s approach to sustainable transport; using targeted travel engagement with jobseekers, young people, newly recruited employees, students, lower socio-economic communities and volunteers so they can use active travel to get to work, training and educational opportunities and fully contribute to the local economy. Targeting six local Growth Areas, the programme will increase active travel by tailoring packages of advice, support and promotion to each of these groups – enhancing their access to the 12,100 new jobs and 10,500 education and training opportunities available in South Essex over the next three years. 

Ashley Dalton, Programme Manager,  South Essex Active Travel

Discovery Walks & Rides 

The new Discovery Walks & Rides programme is aiming to convert current car drivers, to take on more walking and cycling on their commute journey, in the hope that local air quality is improved, in addition to people’s health and wellbeing. We know that many people would like to walk or cycle to work – a journey that they have to make anyway – but that there are barriers to this, such as not being familiar with the area, and not knowing how far, say, two miles actually is. The Discovery Walks & Rides programme helps to overcome these known barriers to active travel, by laying on bespoke led walks and rides in workplaces, and providing a variety of incentives.

Laura Marshall, Walking and Cycling lead, Leicester City Council

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Bike share as the keystone of MaaS

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) combines all modes of transport into one app, creating a seamless door-to-door travel experience for the consumer. The difference between MaaS and Integrated Transport is that MaaS provides real-time updates and travel packages, while integrated transport simply allows you to use same card for different modes of transport. Nextbike is proud to have become a partner of Whim, a leading provider of MaaS.  Bike sharing “glues” the MaaS concept together as it allows for flexible transportation, and MaaS schemes without bike-share may have limited success as they fail to address the long-term issue of sustainable transport.

Julian Scriven, Director, nextbike

Autonomous motorcycle-based taxis

The wider automotive industry and academia have been focusing on cars. AutoRD plan to take car-focused technical solutions and adapt them for motorcycle use, developing their own motorcycle-focused AI solution. In doing this we will generate further world-leading application expertise and gather data that will be immensely valuable to riderless taxi operators such as Uber. A huge amount of effort is currently being committed to developing autonomous cars; one of the first and most profitable applications for these will be as driverless taxis. However, motorcycle-dominated cities will require riderless taxis – AutoRD plan to be the leading developer of these.

Dr Torquil Ross Martin, CEO, AutoRD

Want to find new cyclists? There's an App for that!

The Blackburn Area Cycling App went live in April 2017 and has been downloaded more than 500 times in the last six months. There has been fairly limited promotion, but the take-up has been good and the feedback positive. The Access Fund will enable us to embark on a programme of development for the App; increase the geographical spread, improving functionality, offering more socially interactive elements and also providing progressive programmes. This will encourage individuals to increase their cycling capacity to help broaden their travel horizons and to improve health and well-being. An increased number of routes will provide the backbone for a large variety of utility cycling journeys to employment, education and training opportunities, whilst also providing a graded range of rides for leisure cyclists of all abilities.

Chris Hadfield & Mel Taylor, Lancashire County Council

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Motorcycles: realising the opportunity

Realising the Opportunity – A Motorcycle Safety & Transport Policy Framework. A document has been created in partnership with the Motorcycle Industry Association, Highways England and the National Police Chiefs Council that focuses on safety and travel choice. More motorcycles on the roads actually improves motorcycle safety as awareness is raised. Motorcycles are also a great travel choice, and we are working hard to ensure that they are part of the transport mix. We are working with Northamptonshire Highways who are looking to create a modal shift and are promoting motorcycles as a transport solution.

Jenny Luckman, Project Manager, Motorcycle Industry Association

Urban Transport Roadmaps

Cities face increasing challenges to their mobility systems, and need to develop and implement coherent and challenging Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPS). Central to the development of effective sustainable transport strategies is the availability of tools and guidance documents, helping policy-makers to understand the range of possible actions and steps to successful implementation. The European Urban Transport Roadmaps study, supported by DG Move, provides a web-based policy support tool to help cities  explore policy options for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.
The policy support tool is aimed at the large number of small and medium sized cities who may not have the resource for major policy assessment and modelling work. Using this tool cities can:

  • explore and identify appropriate sustainable transport policy measures;

  • quantify the transport, environmental and economic impacts of these measures;

  • consider an implementation pathway (roadmap) for the policy scenario.

Gena Gibson, Associate Director, Ricardo

MobOx: An Intelligent Mobility ecosystem in Oxford

The benefits of creating better integrated and connected cities are clear – increased economic growth, improvements in the quality of life for residents and businesses along with better visitor experience, whilst at the same time reducing the impact on the environment. The MobOx Foundation will work with its partners from local government, local business and academia to make Oxford better connected, and to build an Intelligent Mobility Ecosystem in UK’s innovation capital. We will create a Living Laboratory in Oxford to assess, validate and prove the business cases for a variety of innovative transport solutions. This session will show case our business model and initiatives.

  • Optimise public and private transport capacity

  • Integrate innovative and existing mobility solutions

  • Empower local transport operators

  • Improve quality of life

  • Reduce environmental impact of transport in cities

Llewelyn Morgan and Lily Yang, MobOx

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All together now: carshare-bikeshare-rideshare for air quality, access and equity

Bringing shared transport together unlocks space and provides access with reduced impacts. We will mix 17 years of experience of project delivery and best practice with recent innovations to outline how integrated shared transport makes seemingly unsolvable transport-related problems solvable. We’ll use nuggets from evidence with pragmatic examples to show how deliverable, cost effective, popular packages of shared transport can help tackle city centre air quality, health & equity. We’ll also point to emerging social enterprise models that can tackle rural access that are rooted in shared transport.

Alistair Kirkbride, Executive Director, Carplus & Chris Slade, Project Manager, Bikeplus

 

Building on free, open transport data 

TransportAPI is collaborating with Future Cities Catapult (FCC) which specialises in urban strategies, connected cities and urban data science and aims to drive innovation and growth in these areas.This project involves accelerating innovation in urban smart mobility. This work will be based around the FCC Enterprise service from TransportAPI which is licensed as open data and suitable for innovators to use for non-production development. We will also be helping FCC to bring transport data into internal FCC projects on themes of integrated urban planning, healthy cities and urban mobility.

Jonathan Raper, CEO, TransportAPI

Supporting ride-sharing with priority parking 

Faxi is an app-based ride-share platform which enables commuters to offer spare seats in their vehicles to co-workers, allowing both passengers and drivers to save money and to be more environmentally friendly than when driving alone or using public transport. Faxi is now partnering with Indigo, and has created a technology that will enable large organisations to make the policy decision that co-workers who ride-share can receive access to priority and reserved parking, so looking to enhance the sustainability of their travel plans. 

Tony Lynch, Founder & CEO, Faxi

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The impact of Smarter Choices

Smarter choices aimed at changing people’s knowledge and behaviour has placed an emphasis on improving information for travellers, for example it being delivered in real time, and marketing, such as personalised journey planning. This has sometimes, although not always, occurred in parallel with physical infrastructure improvements, such as bus priority measures, improved interchanges and additional cycle ways. This talk assesses the impact of smarter choice schemes developed through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund in the South Hampshire area, with a focus on Southampton. The findings are principally based on before – and- after travel surveys conducted from 2013 to 2016, comparisons with secondary data on road traffic, active travel and public transport usage, along with a consideration of extraneous economic trends, and the wider process of how smarter choices could affect people’s attitudes, beliefs and perceptions, which may in turn affect their intentions and behaviours.

Alan Wong, Research Fellow, University of Southampton

 

Planning for active travel

Active travel is a key priority in the strategy of many local planning authorities. This ranges from policies such as pedestrianisation to dedicated cycle lanes. There is a gap in the understanding of the effectiveness of these traffic measures on various aspects of urban mobility. This talk will analyse various open data sources, such as weather, air quality & big data on traffic in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, to help build a model that determines the influence of traffic measures on active travel. The talk will determine potential gaps in the methodologies used to target modal shift towards sustainable mobility, including understanding the factors influencing the type of policy and the expected outcomes.

Sridhar Raman, researcher, Oxford Brookes University

Personal Transport Planning: human and digital approaches

Personal Travel Planning (PTP) continues to evolve as a travel behaviour change tool and has targeted many people over the last five years across the UK. During this timescale, PTP has evolved and much of the most recent focus has been how to deliver it at a lower cost, with less emphasis on face-to-face engagement with a Travel Advisor. Technology has advanced over that five year timescale - people are increasingly able to access transport as a seamless service through MaaS technology in major urban centres. In the longer term the role of a human travel advisor may gradually diminish as a result. However, in the short term at least, studies appear to indicate that one-to-one engagement is still important to engage people in more digitally focussed PTP approaches. Through a combination of interviews with ex-travel advisors and mobility experts, this paper will consider how the role of a Travel Advisor may change as we become more exposed to smarter living and mobility concepts, consider the added value from using travel advisors to deliver engagement such as PTP, and consider if and how this added value can be retained in the future.

Ian Bewick, Principal Consultant, Steer Davis Gleave

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See.Sense Cycling Data Trial

BT and See.Sense have partnered on an innovative project to use crowdsourced data from cyclists to help get more people on their bikes. Data from the trial will be shared with CityVerve and BT. CityVerve is the UK’s smart cities demonstrator, based in Manchester, led by Manchester City Council with 21 organisations from the public, corporate, SME and academic worlds. The anonymised and aggregated data from a special connected See.Sense bike light will help the city identify and prioritise investments in cycling infrastructure and policies. This will allow cycling to integrate fully as an efficient and sustainable transport alternative to the car, and provide the opportunity to significantly boost the number of cyclists across the city. 

Irene McAleese, Co-founder & CSO, See.Sense

City Conciege: Buzzin AR & city wayfinding

Buzzin uses Augmented Reality platform to allow users to explore the city in a new, interactive and entertaining way. It overlays the physical world with the digital world at the same time supplying people with important information about their surroundings and events. Buzzin was created in collaboration with CityVerve, Manchester’s IoT smart city demonstrator. The CityVerve project brings together the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, deployed at city scale to deliver transformative benefits: to create new businesses and jobs for Manchester, improve transport, healthcare and education and provide safer environment for citizens.

Kevin Moss, Director, Sparta Digital

Road Safety: video telematics and machine learning

Satsafe is an award-winning InsurTechbusiness developing innovative, GPS-enabled safety, security and business management solutions for insurers and fleet managers. The cloud analytics platform provides insight into specific risk by organisation, fleet and individual driver, whilst offering those customers that present lower risk a fairer, lower cost insurance offer. As part of CityVerve, Manchester’s two-year, £15m city demonstrator project, Satsafe and our insurer partners are using a ‘living lab’ to look beyond the established market for young drivers, by exploring the potential to engage with older and other vulnerable people, taxis, minibuses for school and community transport as well as other groups interested in road safety.

Stuart Millward, Director, SatSafe

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Smart Water

The Smart Clean project is a collaborative R&D project part funded by InnovateUK and NERC and focuses on creating SmartWater, including new and efficient methods for reducing flooding and contaminants on the highway through improved accuracy of data and increased decision support capabilities. Smart Water is a system that delivers a step-change in the quality and quantity of data available from our urban water infrastructure. The information that the innovative SmartWater solution can provide, transforms our understanding of how best the network can be maintained, by providing accurate data, real time alerts, predictive data modelling and clear, user-friendly visualisations.
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Charles Carter, Senior Technologist, Transport Systems Catapult

Accelerate: building a customer relationship to delivery better journeys with London Underground

TransportAPI and London Underground, working with ustwo, have successfully demonstrated how to gather data from travelling smartphone users by being the ‘friendly big brother’ rather than the ‘data thief’. The project aimed to support a new dialogue between the user and transport operator, so improving customer journeys by rebalancing the relationship between traveller and operator. Accelerate was funded under the ‘Enhancing customer experience in rail travel’ programme and has built a new customer engagement service for London Underground consisting of the following components:

  • First Location Bank collects and processes sensor data and customer reports and associates it in real time with tube network infrastructure from TransportAPI

  • London Underground monitors user reports and sensor data such as air pressure for maintenance value and reports back to the user

  • ustwo have created a world class user experience that personalises the customer relationship while protecting privacy

David Mountain, Delivery Director, TransportAPI

Integrating cycling & walking into existing Council work streams

East Sussex County Council SCC has secured DfT Access funding to deliver an innovative programme of cycling & walking initiatives, which will be integrated into existing County Council work streams focussed on supporting business engagement, workforce development and public health community development projects. This means that we can readily access those people that will benefit most from this programme, and add value to existing council work streams focussed on the economy and health.

Janie Burrage, Sustrans, & Eleanor Togut, Living Streets, & Simon White, Active Cycling Projects

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Addressing saturation in cycle parking and lack of space

Based around three innovative projects in the Netherlands (where they are a few years ahead), this presentation will look at how Holland is addressing the problems of saturation in cycle parking and access to space. The first issue is realising that there are two aspects to cycling planning ‘routes’ and ‘nodes’. Most planning focusses on routes but ignores nodes. But when you do have a node – but no space – what do you do? The talk will look at three new products and services that offer solutions to these challenges.

Jeremy Green, Managing Director, Falco UK

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Kitty Lam, Starship Technologies

 

A catalyst for increasing utility cycling across England

This project tests the hypothesis that people participating in recreational cycling whilst holidaying on the Isle of Wight are more likely to participate in utility cycling when they return home. With over 200 miles of dedicated cycle paths, the Isle of Wight has an selection of routes and inspiration for all abilities. Bicycle Island, as the Isle is known, also has cycle hubs, guided tours and an extensive e-bike charging network to make recreational cycling accessible and appealing to all.

Zoe Stroud, Visit Isle of Wight & Pete Zanzottera, Stoddart/Zanzottera Partnership

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Eyeware: seeing through the eyes of other travellers

Built in collaboration with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), the app has been developed to simulate a range of conditions, including cataracts and glaucoma. Particular care has been placed in ensuring the representations are as accurate as possible, based on an abundance of interviews and scientific literature. It is often very difficult to imagine the everyday challenges faced by those with sight loss – such as travelling around. The cloudiness of cataracts and tunnel-vision of glaucoma can be tough to grasp until you experience it for yourself.  Eyeware works by placing filters over your smartphone camera’s feed. When you combine this with a virtual reality headset such as the Google Cardboard, you will see the world in front of you as if you had these conditions. This is called augmented reality. Look anywhere, at any thing, to instantly understand.

Martin Pett, Visualisation Team Lead, Transport Systems Catapult

VAMOOZ: an app-based, crowd-sourced bus service

VAMOOZ is an app-based travel concept, offering trips and new links in response to customer demand. If there is demand for a trip, whether it’s a day trip, journey to an event or a new route to a school or business, VAMOOZ can bring ideas into reality. VAMOOZ was launched in Lancashire and Yorkshire this summer and has expanded across school and leisure markets. Its latest new partnership is with Reading Buses.

Rebecca Reeve-Burnett, VAMOOZ Manager, Transdev Blazefield

Joined-up working across the transport, private and health sectors 

Act TravelWise will showcase the organisation’s two existing sector-based forums, established in 2016 in response to demand from transport/travel professionals in the private sector and the health sector. Both the Act TravelWise Business Forum and the Act TravelWise Health Forum serve to share knowledge, experience and best practice among their participants.

Specifically for example, the Business Forum aims to:

  • guide the sharing and exchange of good practice in the management of transport and travel to/from sites that have a predominant commuter use, and

  • provide a framework for knowledge-sharing on key issues across all types of business organisation including single use sites (including SMEs and larger sites), multi-occupant single use sites such as business parks, and multi-occupant mixed use sites such as campus type developments, including airports.

Act Travelwise team

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Addressing active travel barriers

West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme was granted funding from the Cycling and Walking to Work Fund, which aims to enable people to access employment, training and skills by addressing travel barriers. CityConnect is delivering a suite of initiatives to encourage people across West Yorkshire to get to work, college and school by bike or on foot. Working with delivery partners Sustrans, Bike Right!, Living Streets and Love to Ride, CityConnect have developed a complimentary programme aimed at engaging with people throughout their journey to become active commuters, including basic cycle training and confidence building, providing access to a bike, and encouraging employers to become Bike Friendly Businesses.

Sam Cooke, Project Advisor, CityConnect Communications & Engagement project, West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)

Save a Space parking app: West Midlands trials

Transport for West Midlands is taking part in the Innovate UK ‘Innovation in Urban Spaces Contest’, where corporate partners are invited to submit suitable ‘challenges’ that could be worked on to develop solutions by entrepreneurs/startups. Our challenge was centred on promotion to customers of available parking spaces/capacity in real time at our Park and Ride sites. The successful bidder is start-up Accelogress. TfWM’s role is to facilitate development of the project and provide the testing environment. The product developed is called Save a Space, which communicates to customers through an app. The product utilises data feeds from National Rail to provide station and train running information to customers, along with  ANPR data. The trial areas are TfWM Park & Ride sites at Sutton Coldfield, Longbridge, Rowley Regis and Tile Hill. 

Andrew Page, Innovation and Information Development Manager, Transport for West Midlands & Dr Ralf Kernchen, CEO, Accelogress Limited

Car sharing goes mobile

Car-sharing is essentially a mobility service. With the advent of services such as Hailo and Uber for taxi services, car-sharing has lingered as a predominantly web-based application.  Carbon heroes has recently launched a mobile app that offers the same service whether accessing on the web, mobile web or via Android or iPhone apps.  This enables greater flexibility making arrangements, enhances security, improves data accuracy and encourages more frequent interaction with the service.

Craig Barrack, Managing Director, Carbon Heroes

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CAVs: connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction

FLOURISH, an Atkins-led consortium, won a multi-million pound research grant to fuel development in user-centric autonomous vehicle technology and connected transport systems. The new programme, co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, will focus on the core themes of connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction. The three year project, worth £5.5 million, seeks to develop products and services that maximise the benefits of Connected and Autonomous vehicles (CAVs) for users and transport authorities. By adopting a user-centred approach, FLOURISH will achieve a better understanding of consumer demands and expectations, including the implications and challenges of an ageing society.

Tracey Poole, Principal Consultant, Atkins, and Lead Project Manager, FLOURISH

Real-time transport operations using mobile network data

Citi Logik works with Vodafone in the UK to provide anonymised movement data from the mobile phones that most of us carry around with us all the time. We are currently undertaking an Innovate UK-funded project to process this data in real-time for use by Worcestershire County Council's transport operations team. The aim is to investigate whether utilising our data can enable WCC to identify and manage incidents faster than by using their existing systems. The talk will be about the objectives of the project, the work we have carried out to date and show a live demonstration of the system we have built, called Citi Watch.

Simon Christopher, Head of Commercial, Citi Logik

 

Moving freight and commuters to e-bikes

The Green Commute Initiative is a not for profit Social Enterprise with a mission to get more commuters out of their cars and onto clean e-bikes. E-bike commuting is fast, healthy, and cool! Leave the car and lycra at home, forget the frustration and congestion and enjoy your e-cycle to work. The Green Commute Initiative’s Cycle to Work scheme offers up to 42 per cent savings on bikes for employees as part of the Government’s Green Transport plan, but without a £1,000 limit.

Rob Howes, Managing Director, Green Commute Initiative

 

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Making the case for better cycling infrastructure: An example from Nottingham

The DfT's Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy articulates Government's aim to encourage widespread uptake in walking and cycling for shorter, everyday journeys. Supporting this, research evidence on the positive public health, air quality, traffic decongestion, and economic benefits associated with increased levels of everyday cycling is compelling – having been amassed over a number of years. Yet despite all this, relatively few UK towns and cities have been successful at implementing cohesive cycle route networks. This talk will provide a practical guide on how towns and cities can use existing tools, like the Propensity to Cycle Tool and Web-TAG, and existing evidence bases on the impact of cycle interventions, to successfully design and fund cohesive cycle networks that meet the most-common patterns of urban movement. It draws on ITP’s experience of working with Council officers in the East Midlands to help them secure funding for strategic cycle network investments and complementary travel behaviour change interventions.

Neil Taylor, Director, ITP

3D and VR data visualisation and analytics

Datascape enables visualisation and analytics for your data in 3D, increasing understanding and helping better decision-making. Having developed a visualisation it can be published to the web so that others can view it - still in 3D - in their browser. With a smartphone and Google Cardboard  the visualisation can also be explored in VR - a compelling way to impart your findings. Daden specialises in 3D, VR and AI, and has been working with these technologies for over 10 years. We design for 3D first, VR second (from Google Cardboard to Oculus Rift) - this means that every student or employee can gain the benefits of 3D whether or not they have a virtual reality headset.

David Burden, Managing Director, Daden

Real time data & analytics for smart cities

Alchera Technologies provide an intelligent video analytics, data fusion & machine learning platform for accurately measuring flows of people & vehicles around urban spaces in real time. This platform can be used to understand pedestrians in civic & commercial centres or rail environments; parking space occupancy by bicycles or cars; and traffic on our roads.

Anna Jordan, Current, Commercal & Technical Operations, Alchera Technologies

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