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Launch Event - Monday 8th April, 2013, 6pm
Our launch event was a great success with around 120 people listening to, and quizzing, Andrew Gilligan, London's Cycling Commissioner.
Andrew spoke for around half an hour, followed by a wide-ranging discussion taking in cycling infrastructure, HGVs, cycling to school, car parking, mini-Hollands in Outer London and a host of other topics.
The event was impressively chaired by Danny Williams (Cyclists in the City blog, LCC City of London), who had to cope with a forest of hands - we didn't need to worry about not having enough questions, as it seemed nearly everyone wanted to say something.
Second event - Thursday 2nd May, 6pm
Thursday 2 May – Modelling a Transformation for Cycling in London: A participatory workshop to start developing a systems model for cycling in London (Alex Macmillan, UCL; James Woodcock, CEDAR). Around 30 people attended this very interactive session, building our understanding of how the 'cycling system' works in London - and thinking about how it could work differently in the future.
Third event - Tuesday 28th May, 6pm
Till Koglin from Lund University in Sweden spoke about his research comparing cycling experiences in Copenhagen and Stockholm. Around 20 people joined in a lively discussion that among other questions asked what London can learn from the two cities.
Fourth event - Thursday 6th June, 6pm
Workshop on campaigning for cycling in the local elections. More here.
Fifth event - Wednesday 10th July, 6pm
Commuting in West London, with Peter Mynors. Slides here (pdf file).
Sixth event - Thursday 10th October, 6pm
The New London Cycling Design Standards, with Brian Deegan and Paul Lavelle (Transport for London)
Around 40 people attended our first Autumn event, from a variety of stakeholder and advocacy groups. Discussion about how we understand and define good cycle routes lasted well into the evening. You can see Brian and Paul's slides here (pdf file).
Eighth Event: Friday 22nd November, 6pm - Cycling Policy in Ghent.
Cyclists in Ghent. Photo: Andrew Aitcheson/Ashden
In May 2012, Ghent City Council won a Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel for its active support for cycling. Cycling now accounts for 19% of commutes in Ghent compared with 12% in 2001. Peter Vansevenant, the Head of the Transport Section of the Municipal Mobility Company of the City of Ghent, spoke about Ghent's success and the challenges that remain, while a discussion focused on lessons for London. This seminar was supported by the Ashden Trust. View Peter's slides here.
Ninth Event: Wednesday 22nd January, Cycling & Transport Modelling.
70 people from academia, practice, and advocacy groups spent the day discussing problems, developments, and key issues related to cycling and transport modelling. This was part of the ESRC Modelling on the Move series: presentations and audios will be uploaded to the series website.
Tenth Event: Inclusive Cycling Policy, 12th Feb 2014
Tue 8th April - Designing Well for Both Walking and Cycling, 6:30-8:30pm, Westminster University
Our twelfth seminar was co-organised by the London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets. It focused on how transport and streetscape investments can cater well for both cycling and walking, mitigating conflicts and taking opportunities to provide excellent environments for both modes.
Following an introduction, the fifty participants broke up into small groups, with expert facilitators including John Dales (Urban Movement), Brian Deegan (TfL),Esther Kurland (Urban Design London), Caroline Russell (Islington Living Streets), Bruce McVean (Movement for Liveable London) and Mark Strong (Transport Initiatives). Each group firstly discussed what might be 'an ideal walking and cycling environment', then evaluated one recently completed/proposed scheme. A plenary discussion then drew out the broader issues raised and put forward some lessons for designing future street schemes.
You can see a write-up and some material from the session here.
Thu 5th June - Klaus Bondam (Danish Cyclists' Federation), 6:30-8:30pm, Westminster University
Around 25 people came to our thirteenth seminar to hear Klaus Bondam speak about cycling policy in Denmark, past and present, and ask questions. Klaus is the director of the Danish Cyclists’ Federation. He was also the Mayor for Technical & Environmental Administration in Copenhagen from 2006 to 2008, eventually garnering the nickname “The Bicycle Mayor”.