Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference - 28 January 2016

Act TravelWise held its Annual Conference and AGM on Thursday 28 January 2016 at the Camden Centre in Central London.

As a highlight, the conference provided an early opportunity to hear directly from the Department for Transport regarding the Spending Review outcomes and new funding opportunities. This was followed by afternoon workshops: 'Tips for Preparing Funding Bids' and 'How Active Travel Funding Bids are Appraised by DfT and LEPs'.

Speakers included:

  • Robert Goodwill MP (Minister of State for Transport)
  • Joe Irvin (Chief Executive, Living Streets)
  • Francesca Racioppi (World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe)
  • Philippe Crist (International Transport Forum, OECD)

The full-day event also featured presentations and panels on topical issues in the sustainable transport field, relevant to practitioners in the public, private and third sectors. This content will be divided into two streams:

  1. active travel and health
  2. collaboration between local government and the private sector

The 'active travel and health' stream addressed the latest case studies and research on how walking and cycling promotion and infrastructure can lead to healthier communities. The second stream included case studies of successful public-private sector collaboration.

Links to the presentation files can be found within the programme below. Should you have any questions, contact randall -at- or ring 0208 144 7366.


09:30: Registration table opens; tea/coffee; exhibitors

10:00: Welcome and Intro

10:15: Opening presentations

a. Joe Irvin (Chief Executive, Living Streets)
b. Francesca Racioppi (World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe)
c. Philippe Crist (International Transport Forum, OECD)

11:15: Keynote presentation - Robert Goodwill MP (Under Secretary of State for Transport)

11:45: 'Spending Review 2015 and Related Funding Opportunities' (Ben Ridehalgh, Head of Cycling and Walking Policy and Programmes, Department for Transport)

12:15: Lunch

13:00: Conference papers

Room 1: Active Travel and Health
1. 'Promoting Active Travel: Can We Deliver a Joined-up Health and Transport Policy?' (Annette Smith, JMP)
2. 'Behaviour Change Methods to Increase the Take-Up of Active Travel' (Caroline Watson, Global Action Plan)
3. ‘Healthy Habits: Lessons Learnt from Adult Cycle Training in the West Midlands’ (Alison Kennedy, Centro)
4. 'May We Please Now Start Talking About Walking (Instead of Cycling)?' (Dr Tom Cohen, UCL Transport Institute)

Room 2: Collaboration between Local Government and the Private Sector
1. ‘Three Transferable Ideas for Successful Business Engagement’ (Sian Fox, Centro and JMP)
2. 'Joinmyjourney: Developing a Free Multi-Modal Journey Sharing Website with Local Businesses' (Richard Drew, South Gloucestershire Council)
3. 'Delivery of Travel Training to Help Overcome Barriers to Employment: A Case Study of Hampshire County Council’s My Journey LSTF Access to Opportunities Programme for 2015/16' (Lisa Bloomer and Nicola Scott, Atkins)
4. 'Car Sharing Providers: Local Authority Suppliers or Symbiosis?' (Craig Barrack, Carbon Heroes)

14:15: Workshop on Funding
1. 'Tips for Preparing Funding Bids' (Helen Ramsden, Transport for Greater Manchester)
2. Group Activity/Discussion: 'How Can Local Authorities Use DfT/LEP Funding to Build Self-Sustaining Programmes?'

15:00: Tea/coffee break

15:15: Parallel workshops:

a. 'How Active Travel Funding Bids are Appraised by DfT and LEPs' - Session with DfT Economists (Philipp Thiessen and Joe Gaytten, Department for Transport)
b. 'Influencing Travel Behaviours at Major Sports Events: Learning Lessons for Local Transport Planning' (Jon Foley, Act TravelWise and In the Round Communications)

16:15: Conclusions and closing words

16:30: Act TravelWise AGM (all members welcome; download the agenda)

16:30 / 17:00: Leave for nearby pub social


The entrance to the Camden Centre is located on Bidborough Street at the corner with Tonbridge Street, London WC1H 9AU
The venue is accessible from Euston Road via the pedestrian passage opposite St Pancras Station/St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.

Camden Centre Location