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Act TravelWise Annual Conference - 26-28 January 2021

Register now via Eventbrite! All are welcome. Free delegate places for members are unlimited. Non-member registration from £12 to £40 + VAT.

The Act TravelWise Annual Conference will be held in the form of six online sessions held between 26-28 January 2021. The theme?: 'Creating a Blueprint for a Post-Covid World - Local, Connected, Clean & Active'.

The Covid landscape in transport and urbanism has brought in a host of changes – some positive, some negative and some still with a high degree of uncertainty. Rather than just letting things go ‘back to normal’ or change for the worse, we have an opportunity to shape our future according to a positive vision, building upon models developed in Paris, Melbourne and closer to home.

We have learned to appreciate the sense of place and sense of community that comes with spending more time locally. We have rediscovered walking and cycling, with councils taking steps to make active travel more viable for more journeys. We have found that so many of our previous trips were not as necessary as we had assumed.

At this conference, we will take the next step and focus on cutting-edge measures that can be introduced to support these positive trends, and to discourage a return to ‘the old normal’.

Register now via Eventbrite! All are welcome. Free delegate places for members are unlimited. Non-member registration from £12 to £40 + VAT.



Tuesday 26 January

10:00 - 11:30 (Opening Session sponsored by Cyclehoop) - 

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• Welcome
• Overview of conference and sub-themes
Mary Creagh, Chief Executive Officer, Living Streets and former MP
• Anthony Lau, Founder and Design Director, Cyclehoop on 'The Innovative Way to Reallocate On-Street Parking'
• Irene Beautyman, Planning for Place Programme Manager, Improvement Service, on 20-Minute Neighbourhoods in Scotland
• Questions, discussion and conclusions

13:30 - 15:00 (Localisation & Proximity Planning) -

• Welcome
• Overview of sub-theme
• Randall Ghent, Act TravelWise, with an Introduction to Proximity Planning
James Mant, 20-Minute Neighbourhood Policy and Programme Lead, Government of Victoria, Australia (pre-recorded), on 20-minute neighbourhoods in Melbourne
• Professor Carlos Moreno, Advisor to the City of Paris on 15-Minute Cities, Scientific Director of the Chair eTi, Panthéon Sorbonne University – IAE Paris; Smart City Special Envoy of the Mayor of Paris
• Questions, discussion and conclusions

Wednesday 27 January

10:00 - 11:30 (Connected & Integrated Transport sponsored by BetterPoints Ltd) -

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• Welcome
• Overview of sub-theme
• Chair: Dan Gipple, Founder, BetterPoints Ltd
• Nicola Kane, Head of Strategic Planning, Insight and Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester
Deborah Fox, Head of Demand Management, Transport for West Midlands
• Ranald Robertson, Director, HITRANS, on the Go-Hi project, with Ross Basnett, Strategic Account Director, FleetonDemand (Mobilleo)
• Questions, discussion and conclusions

13:30 - 15:00 (Clean Air & Decarbonising Transport sponsored by Commonplace) -

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• Welcome
• Overview of sub-theme
• Chair: Steve Rowe, Regional Business Development, Commonplace
• Dr Bob Moran, Deputy Director, Head of Environment Strategy, Department for Transport
• Professor Jillian Anable, DecarboN8 and Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
• Peter Edwards, Principal Clean Air Zone Officer, Birmingham City Council
• Frank Roach, Partnership Manager, HITRANS, on Rail Decarbonisation
• Questions, discussion and conclusions

Thursday 28 January

10:00 - 11:30 (Boosting Active Travel & Micro-mobility sponsored by SYSTRA) -

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• Welcome
• Overview of sub-theme
• Chair: Emily Walsh, Associate Director, SYSTRA
• Professor Glenn Lyons, Centre for Transport & Society, University of the West of England, on 'Walking as a Service'
• Catriona Meehan, Head of Policy, Communication & Sustainability, Wind Mobility, on the Nottingham E-Scooter Trial
• Lorna Finlayson, Scotland Director, CoMoUK, on Free Bike Share in Edinburgh and Glasgow
• Guy Boulby, Head of Cycling and Walking, Department for Transport, on the Active Travel Fund and other initiatives
• Questions, discussion and conclusions

13:30 - 15:00 (Closing Session) -

• Welcome
• Conference wrap-up
• Act TravelWise plans for the year
• Act TravelWise opportunities to get involved
• Pub-style transport and travel quiz, with Don Kent and Dr Kate Pangbourne


For further information, please contact Randall Ghent at [email protected] / 07960 180851. 


Conference sponsors:

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