Upcoming seminars

We have an exciting programme of evening seminars usually held in Central London (most near Baker Street). The next two are:

Monday 16th March: Skype seminar with Professors Jennifer Dill and Chris Monsere from Portland State University, talking about their recent research evaluating the Green Lanes Project, which installed protected cycle infrastructure in five US cities.

Early Adopters of the Protected Bicycle Lane in United States: What Have We Learned. Booking open now!

This talk will summarize the results from a comprehensive analysis of protected bicycle facilities in Chicago, Illinois; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco, California. Video observation was used to evaluate safety and operations, and user surveys (of bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians) assessed attitudes, perceptions, preference, use, and understanding. Findings from the study included suggestions for clarifying and improving turning and mixing zones at intersections; improved understanding of the perceived safety benefits of various types of bike lane buffers; and insights into the importance of protected bike lanes in encouraging more women, traditionally underrepresented among bicyclists, to ride a bicycle for transportation.

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Dr. Monsere’s research and published works have included a comprehensive evaluation of protected bike lanes (cycle tracks) in the U.S., the evaluation of bike boxes at signalized intersections, observational studies of pedestrian behaviors at enhanced crossings,  bicycle speeds and compliance at signalized intersections, and how to prevent crashes for cyclists and pedestrians using multimodal facilities. Dr. Monsere co-chairs the TRB’s Safety Data, Analysis and Evaluation Committee (ANB20), he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, and he served on the TRB Task Force to develop the Highway Safety Manual (ANB25T).  

Dr. Jennifer Dill has more than 25 years of experience in environmental protection and planning, city and regional planning, and transportation research and education. Dr. Dill joined PSU in 2001 and since then has served in multiple leadership roles; she is currently director of the TREC, the Transportation Research and Education Center for Portland State University. She has conducted extensive research on bicycle facilities, cyclist behavior and safety, and the health and environmental benefits of biking and walking using both original surveys and GPS data. Dr. Dill is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Safety and System Users Group and Committee on Bicycle Transportation, which she chaired from 2006-2012.  

For more on the research see this report (pdf). 

Wednesday 6th May: Joint event on Inclusive Design for Cycling, with the CIHT Greater London branch. This seminar is now full but we have moved to a waiting list and expect more places to become available - click here to be added.

Presenters: Dr. Rachel Aldred (University of Westminster), Isabelle Clement (Wheels for Wellbeing), Phil Jones (Phil Jones Associates)

It is now well accepted (although with a long way to go in practice) that specific needs of disabled people should be catered for in public transport provision, for example through on-bus announcements and step-free train access. Similarly, street design guides now make reference to providing for disabled people as pedestrians, including users of mobility aids. This is in line with the Equality Act 2010, which requires bodies with public functions to show ‘due regard’ to the need to advance equality of opportunity between different groups.

However, when it comes to cycling very little work has been done in this area. Design guides normally depict and define the cyclist as riding a standard two-wheeled bicycle, while more broadly it is often assumed that disabled people are incapable of cycling. This is not true: disabled people can and do ride, although they face both general and specific barriers to cycling. We believe that it is time to examine – and implement – what needs to be done to enable disabled people to cycle. Focusing specifically on infrastructure design issues, this session will start a conversation with engineers, planners and designers about what inclusive cycling design will (and will not) look like.

Presenters (each will speak for 10-15 minutes, with plenty of time for debate and discussion from the floor)

Dr. Rachel Aldred is a Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, and her specialist area of research is cycling. She will speak first, briefly describing the state of play in academic research relating to inclusive cycling, and outlining what she sees as the key policy and practice areas where progress needs to be made.

Isabelle Clement is an urban handcyclist and Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, a charity which fights for cycling equality for disabled people. She will speak second, focusing on current cycling environments and infrastructure and how traditional approaches to design have often excluded disabled cyclists.

Phil Jones is a Chartered Engineer and Principal of a consultancy, Phil Jones Associates, which combines transport planning, design and research activities. He will speak third, on how design standards need to change – and are starting to change – in order to plan for a wider range of users.