Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 30 January 2020

'Sustainable Transport for 2020 and Beyond: From Town and City Centres to the Suburbs'

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At the Act TravelWise Annual Conference on Thursday 30 January 2020 in Birmingham, our theme centres on solutions specific to the geography of where people live – emphasising the need for different strategies to address the needs of town and city centres vs inner and outer suburbs.

Town and city centres have long been a focus of sustainable transport initiatives, as interventions there benefit everyone, including visitors. They're where amenities are most concentrated, where alternatives to car use are most viable, and where the highest levels of air pollution and congestion are found. The trend of repopulating city centres continues apace, led by the under-30s.

However, only 4% of the UK population lives in city centres. In our efforts to reduce car dependence and achieve our ‘net zero’ climate target, we must also focus on the places where most of us live – the suburbs. With up to 51% of the UK population living there (depending on how suburbs are geographically defined*), suburbanites deserve a larger share of attention in the sustainable transport arena. Here it is useful to distinguish between inner suburbs (which evolved around public transport corridors and stations) and post-war, car dependent outer suburbs.

In the context of ambitious government targets for new home building, we must avoid ‘building in’ car dependence in new development. This means creating higher density, mixed-use development rather than isolated housing estates with few amenities within walking distance. It also means targeting brownfield sites for new development, as this reduces the pressure for outward expansion.

The conference will bring together experts from across the sustainable transport and planning worlds to explore:

• How should sustainable transport be integrated into town and city centres as well as inner and outer suburbs?

• How can new development avoid the pitfalls of car dependency?

• What can we learn from successful strategies already in place?


There is no ONS definition of a suburb. However the Centre for Cities has defined the town/city centre as the area within a 0.5 mile radius of the centre point in towns/cities of 135,000-550,000 residents, a 0.8 mile radius for cities of 550,000 to 4 milllion and a radius of 2.0 miles for London. Those living within these 59 towns and cities but outside that radius can be considered as suburban residents according to Paul Swinney, the Centre for Cities Director of Policy and Research – although we may more typically refer to the 'inner suburbs' as urban districts and neighbourhoods.


Call for Papers:

We are seeking presentations on innovative, successful strategies implemented in any of these four areas:

• town and city centres
• inner suburbs / urban mixed-use or residential districts
• outer suburbs / post-war car-based suburbs
• new residential or mixed-use development on brownfield or greenfield sites

Proposals for participatory activities are also sought, to make for an interactive programme.

If you would like to propose content for the conference, please send a Word document containing the following by Friday 29 November 2019:

• title of presentation or group activity
• description of presentation or group activity (up to 250 words)
• your name, job title, organisation, email and phone number
• your short biography (up to 40 words) written in the third person

Conference papers and any conference queries should be directed to Randall Ghent, 07960 180851, [email protected]



Register now via Eventbrite, with free places available for presenters and Act TravelWise members sending one delegate. Feel free to contact Randall Ghent (contact info above) if you require an invoice for your conference booking.

The rates are £195 private sector, £115 public sector / third sector, £85 member - additional delegate, and £0 free for member - first delegate. Please check your membership status prior to registration.


Call for Sponsors:

We welcome enquiries. The following rates apply:

Headline 'Gold' Event Sponsor £2,000 (up to 2 sponsors)

• prominent logo and recognition in all conference announcements/materials
• logo and detailed profile in conference programme booklet
• 3 x delegate places included
• option to chair one of the six parallel sessions
• option to co-chair the opening and closing plenary sessions
• logo on conference delegate bags
• 2 x insert in conference bags
• 5 x sponsorship with logo and prominent recognition in upcoming monthly e-bulletins

'Silver' Event Sponsor
£1,000 (up to 3 sponsors)

• logo and recognition in all conference announcements/materials
• logo and brief profile in conference programme booklet
• 2 x delegate places included
• option to chair one of the six parallel sessions
• 1 x insert in conference bags


• Programme Advert £150 / £300 (half page / full page)
• Delegate Bags £475
• Lanyards £250
• Insert in Delegate Bags £100


Call for Exhibitors:

Five stands are available. Please get in touch to reserve your space ASAP.

Exhibition Stand - £475/£975 (member/non-member)

• 1 x exhibition stand (2.5x2.5m approx)
• stand location in main circulation/catering area (download the floor plan)
• logo and profile in conference programme booklet
• 3 x delegate places
• 1 x insert in conference bags

TravelWise Week Awards:

We will be presenting awards for Best TravelWise Week 2019 Local Campaign. The campaign is the UK branding used for European Mobility Week, held from 16-22 September each year. Those who registered their participation on the European Mobility Week website by 22 September 2019 are eligible to be shortlisted for the awards. The awards will be presented at the Annual Conference & AGM.