WRITE NOW! A guide letter below to will help you email your councillor or local officers and urge them to attend.
— You can find out who they are and write to them using the Write To Them website: https://www.writetothem.com
The issues of air quality and transport are not only topical in our area but important. We are pleased to learn that Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, Birmingham City Council, shares that view strongly enough to address the conference.
Together with other local residents and fellow cycle-owners, I should like to encourage you and councillors of other Sutton Coldfield wards to attend the conference coming as it does at this crucial point in Sutton’s development. The Eventbrite link is here:
Concessionary tickets available.
Conference schedule 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:30 Opening talks:
Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE, Cabinet member for Transport and Environment, Birmingham City Council. “The challenge of air pollution”
Naomi Fisher, founder of the ROAM project, working to give children the freedom to play in the natural world around us.
11:20 Coffee break
11:30 Workshop 1: Breaking down stereotypes of ‘cyclists’ and understanding the door-to-door journey:-
Chris Watts & Ian Tierney (Cycling Projects & Midland Mencap “Identifying & overcoming the barriers preventing access to cycling for people with additional needs and disabilities.”
13:20 Workshop 2: Insights into designing inclusive streets
David Harrison from Living Streets: “An introduction to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.”
Alex Ingram from Wheels for Wellbeing: “Designing for Inclusive Cycling”
14:20 Short break
14:30 Workshop 3: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in practice.
This workshop will focus on trying out the ideas from today on an area centred around a local centre or transport hub. This should stimulate a discussion about the challenges presented by planning out a Low Traffic Neighbourhood: solutions for overcoming those challenges will be shared.
15:40 Coffee break
16:00 Closing talks:
Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns at Cycling UK – “Working together to unlock central government funding for walking and cycling.”
Dave Clasby, Sustrans Partnership Development Manager for the East Midlands – “How we can demonstrate the financial and health benefits from the impact that cycle infrastructure has on air pollution”. – .
17:00 Close of conference.
The importance of active travel for improving public health, reducing air pollution and easing congestion is being increasingly recognised across the UK.
Central government has introduced Local Walking and Cycling Plans that local authorities need to draw up in order to access future funding for active travel. The concept of developing a strategic cycle network on main roads as part of this is simple enough to understand, but how can the full journey, from door to door, be properly planned for?
Transport for London funded mini-Holland schemes, as well as main road cycle tracks, which have transformed local streets to reduce motor traffic levels and greatly improve conditions for local residents.
Living Streets and the London Cycle Campaign have developed the concept of ‘Low Traffic Neighbourhoods’ to pass on the most important lessons from those mini-Holland schemes so that other local councils can learn what to do.
This conference day is aimed at professionals involved in all aspects of supporting active travel, from housing departments providing cycle storage and links across their properties, to business improvement districts who want to bring more money to local business centres through increased footfall, and highways planners who need to include cycling in their designs.
By the end of the day you should have a better understanding of the needs of cycle users and how planning for cycling can benefit everyone regardless of whether they will cycle or not.
•Learn about the different types of cycles that are being used and what they need.
•Learn about how people with disabilities can access cycling to improve their freedom.
•Discuss the factors that go into planning cycle journeys and how those can be accommodated.
•Learn about the concept of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and how that fits in with.
•Experiment with planning out a Low Traffic Neighbourhood
•Learn about Cycling UK’s new campaign for better funding from central government
The conference is organised by Push Bikes for Cyclenation and Cycling UK.