Sustrans will be delivering a series of open-enrolment Workplace Travel Champions Training courses throughout October-December. The sessions will be hosted by the Big Lottery Fund and are set to take place in Newcastle, Birmingham and Belfast. These courses will give workplace staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to champion sustainable travel within their organisation; providing them with a wealth of tools and materials.

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Bikeplus announces an exciting two day conference in Oxford about bike share in the UK. Participants will gain wider understanding of important issues in the sector from bike share procurement to the latest innovations as well as learning lessons from the Shared Electric Bike Programme. Full conference details here and online registration can be found here.

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The autumn 2016 meeting of the Midlands regional group is scheduled for Thursday 6 October at 10:30 am at the offices of Transport for West Midlands in Birmingham. The meetings are now chaired by Rachel Evans (rachel.evans@atkinsglobal.com) of ATKINS and Kerry Swingler (kerryswingler@centro.org.uk) of Centro, either of whom can be contacted for more information.

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This year, the Carplus AGM will be held on 22 November in London alongside the Community Transport Association’s Westminster Conference. The conference promises to be a collaborative and engaging event with an exciting networking and exhibition space. The day will include sessions on how to build partnerships across the transport sector; a policy update from the Department for Transport; and discussion on innovative transport solutions that are pushing boundaries to improve mobility.

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'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'

Now more than ever, individuals' travel behaviour is shifting and adapting in response to changes in their own circumstances, their communities, the economy and technology.

Practioners in the travel and transport sector have the opportunity to help shape these changes in order to best address people's needs whilst favouring sustainable modes.

The Act TravelWise Annual Conference will address a range of questions such as:

  • What is the future role of the car in the smart city?
  • How can workplaces, hospitals and universities best adapt to future travel needs and encourage a step-change in travel behaviour?
  • How can we best work with LEPs and use capital funding to encourage walking and cycling?
  • How can we bring the benefits of the 'new sharing economy' to smaller towns and rural areas?
  • What is the future role of 'leaner' local authorities in behaviour change?
  • How can local authorities and transport operators work together to improve air quality and minimise the negative impacts of HGV freight movements?
  • What are the expected impacts, both positive and negative, of new transport technologies?
  • How can we improve quality of life by discouraging excessive travel?
  • How should policy makers support social, economic and environmental sustainability when responding to changes in technology and lifestyles?

Date and Location:

Act TravelWise will hold its next Annual Conference & AGM on Tuesday 17 January 2017 as a full-day event at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel opposite New Street rail station in central Birmingham - revisiting the venue of our December 2014 conference. The AGM will take place at the end of the day whilst the conference continues in the adjacent meeting room.

Call for papers:

We issued a call for papers with a deadline of Wednesday 31 August. Abstracts were requested in the form of an MS Word or RTF file containing: (a) a presentation title, (b) a 250-word description, (c) a 40-word speaker biography and (d) speaker contact details. There is still some space available in the programme as of mid-September. Please contact Randall Ghent at randall@acttravelwise.org ASAP if you didn't yet have a chance to prepare an abstract.

Sponsors and exhibitors:

We welcome enquiries. The following rates apply:

  • Exclusive Event Sponsor £2,750 (includes 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo, plus exposure in all conference announcements/materials)
  • Exhibition Stand £475 / £975 (member / non-member)
  • Drinks Reception Sponsor £750
  • Programme Advert £175 / £350 (half page / full page)
  • Delegate Bags £475
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Cycle to Work Day is a national event to be held on 14 September 2016, supported by Act TravelWise and other partners. It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

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