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School Streets Seminar
Our 30th seminar took place at London's City Hall, on Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 6pm, and was a session on Healthy School Streets.
Currently, over 1500 London schools and educational settings participate in TfL's STARS scheme, striving to increase the numbers of children using active travel to get to school each day. However, many parents are still choosing to drive their children to school, creating issues around road safety, air quality and childhood obesity, all of which are becoming ever more pressing concerns for school leaders and parents alike.
The seminar discussed some of the strategies taken to make the journey to school safer and healthier for London children. The session was hosted by Caroline Russell (London Assembly member), with talks from Public Health and Transport specialist Dr Adrian Davis, Dan Kelly (former parent governor at Stoneydown Park Primary, Walthamstow) and Clare Rogers (Better Streets for Enfield) and an interactive discussion session.
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”.
Tuesday 2nd September - Protected Junctions - more here
Tuesday 23rd September - Current Cycling Research - more here
Thursday 23rd October - Women's Cycle Forum. Around 45 people came to debate issues around inclusive cycling, social media and activism, cycling in Outer London, and improving the gender balance of cycling in London. Panellists were Caroline Pidgeon, Sarah Burr, Isabelle Clement, Charlotte May, and Sally Hinchcliffe. You can download notes from the five groups here.
Thursday 27th November, 6:30pm: Our 17th seminar was a packed joint event with the Movement for Liveable London on Mini-Hollands. After presentations from officers from all three boroughs, there was Q&A, debate and discussion from the floor. Slides now available.
Chair: Lucy Saunders, Movement for Liveable London
Enfield - Alix Stredwick, Senior Sustainable Travel Officer - slides (pdf)
Kingston - Peter Treadgold, Mini Holland Project Manager - slides (pdf)
Waltham Forest - Mark Bland, Programme Manager, Mini-Holland - slides (pdf)