Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Enhancing UK Cycling

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From: Public Policy Exchange <conferences@publicpolicyexchange.co.uk
Date: 05/03/2018 04:45 (GMT+00:00)

Enhancing UK Cycling:
Better Safety, Better Mobility, Better Streets
Amba Hotel Charing Cross, London
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Hannah BowdenProgramme Director

Professor John ParkinDeputy Director, Centre for Transport and Society
University of West England
Norman ArmstrongFounder & Manager
Free Wheel North
Nick LloydRoad Safety Manager
Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents
Dr Robert DavisChair
Road Danger Reduction Forum
Isabelle ClementDirector
Wheels for Wellbeing
Amy FosterFormer Chair
Dulwich and Herne Hill Safe Routes to School forum (2016-2018)
Clare Rogers
Committee Leader
Better Streets for Enfield
Megan SharkeyDoctoral Researcher
University of Westminster
Investing in cycling in the UK could realise huge economic, health and social benefits. 8 out of 10 people in urban environments are conducting regular trips that could be cycled or walked, with two out of three personal trips less than 5 miles (Dft, 2017). Physical inactivity directly contributes to 1 in 6 deaths in the UK. It is subsequently unsurprising that Danish levels of cycling in the UK could save the NHS £17bn within 20 years (Cycling UK). Well planned improvements to paving and cycling infrastructure could also boost shopping by 40% (DfT, 2017), whilst replacing vehicle use with cycling for a four mile daily commute could also reduce the individual carbon footprint by half a tonne of CO2 per annum.
Acknowledging these potential benefits the Government published the‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy’ in April 2017. This outlines the ambition to make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys, and double cycling activity nationwide by 2025. It furthermore highlights the advancements in cycling funding since 2010, rising to £6 per person, per annum in 2016/17. However, the strategy falls short of the ambitions set out in the parliamentary ‘Get Britain Cycling Report’, which called for investment in cycling of at least £10 per person. Indeed, the strategy offers just £300m of additional funding, amounting to £1.39 per person.
The 2017 Bike Life Report demonstrates high levels of public support for additional investment in cycling infrastructure and promotion. Nearly 74% of people want to see more money spent on cycling facilities, and nearly 80% want more segregated cycling lanes to make cycling safer. Partnership approaches have a role to play in realising these public desires. A cycling initiative in Birmingham, backed by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, would see 5,000 street cycles placed in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry, with start up costs covered by an initial investment from bidding companies of between £1,250 to £2,000 per bike.
With the UK possessing one of the worst records of childhood obesity in the developed world (Gov, 2017), and with substantial public backing for enhanced cycling infrastructure, this symposium will offer local authorities, government departments, cyclist groups, regeneration agencies and retailers with a crucial and invaluable opportunity to review the Government cycling strategy, identify opportunities for transformation, and develop specific strategies to ensure that cycling becomes the natural choice for shorter journeys.
Delegates Will
  • Analyse the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, 2017 and it’s ambitions to boost cycling across communities and regions in the UK
  • Review how cycling can help improve physical inactivity across ages, genders and economic groups
  • Share local practice of how cycling increases retail footfall and helps boost local economic activity
  • Consider how cycling can form part of wider regeneration efforts for underused streets, undeveloped areas and deprived communities 
  • Strategise how to incorporate cycling in to wider transport plans through the development of cycling points across railway stations, metro points and bus depots
  • Examine ways to increase awareness of cycling as a way of combating childhood obesity and enhancing overall physical activity
  • Assess global best practice and discuss how other nations develop user-friendly segregated cycle pathways
  • Share examples of positive partnership working and between local authorities, private, and third sector organisations 
To view our brochure, including the full event programme, click here. 

I am pleased to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 23rd March 2018.  Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.

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