Act Travelwise Annual Conference

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 31 January 2019

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - Thursday 31 January 2019, Birmingham
'Innovation and Change in Mobility Management: What's New and What's Next?' - 31 Jan 2019

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See our call for papers and call for sponsors and exhibitors.

The field of mobility management is undergoing rapid change with new technologies and experimental shared transport ventures. How will these external changes affect the sector, in terms of new policies, practices and opportunities, as well as new skills and roles required? How will we develop the policies and legal frameworks to best manage these disruptive technologies? At the same time, how can we best access the innovation developed internally within the sustainable transport sector?

This year's Annual Conference will address these questions and more, as it seeks to equip transport practitioners with the tools needed to adapt to innovation and change. Through a series of six highly interactive workshops organised into two streams, we will share our knowledge and experience, working hands-on with leading practitioners and strategists in the field - and gaining inspiration and guidance to take back home.

Both conference streams will focus on the innovation that affects our work to improve our communities and the environment through reduced congestion and energy use, better air quality and a healthier, more active population.

Stream 1: What's New? - Innovation and Change Within the Sustainable Transport Sector

  • Businesses and Workplaces
  • Air Quality and Health
  • Active Travel

Stream 2: What's Next? - External Innovation and Change

  • Disruptive Technologies
  • Government Policy and Devolved Policy
  • Public Transport and Shared Transport

See our call for papers and call for sponsors and exhibitors.

Please direct any conference-related questions to Randall Ghent on 07960 180851 / 


Registration is now open 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.


Nearby hotels offer better deals than the hotel venue itself. Nearby budget options include the Comfort Inn, easyHotel, and Ibis. Regardless of where you choose, you will get £15 back if you use our referral link. You can use then use the 'map view' to find options near New Street station and the venue (Macdonald Burlington Hotel).



09:00: Registration table opens; tea/coffee; exhibitors

09:30: Welcome and Opening Presentations (Room 1)

  • Chair, Act TravelWise
  • Introduction by headline conference sponsor (SYSTRA)
  • Darren Shirley, CEO, Campaign for Better Transport
  • Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader, University of Westminster

10:30: Refreshment break

11:00: Two options:

Room 1: Innovation in Workplace Travel Management

  • "Electric Bike Trial in West London: Exploring Healthier Journeys" (Emily Shovlar, Senior Coordinator, WestTrans)
  • "Planes, Trains and Electric Automobiles: Best Practice in Low Carbon Access to Airports and the Lessons for Other Visitor Destinations and Workplaces" (John Geelan, Principal Consultant, Steer)
  • "Who Needs to Park?: Parking Prioritisation in the Workplace" (group activity led by Ian Bewick, Principal Consultant, Steer)

Room 2: Disruptive Technologies

12:30: Buffet lunch

1:00: Act TravelWise AGM (for members; longer lunch break for others)

1:30: Two options:

Room 1: Innovation in Active Travel

  • "Bella Mossa: An App-Based Incentive Scheme to Encourage Walking, Cycling and Public Transport Use in Bologna, Italy" (Chris Bristow, Chief Operating Officer, BetterPoints Ltd)
  • “Choosing the Safest Path for Urban Cycling: Key Issues in Route Selection" (Anna Watt, Senior Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald and Alison Kennedy, Principal Transport Policy Officer, Birmingham City Council)
  • "Cycling Guidance for Local Authorities: Bringing Together the Best Practice in One Place" (Dr Ian Skinner, Director, Transport and Environmental Policy Research)

Room 2: Latest Trends in Public Transport and Shared Transport

  • "Mobility Hubs: Innovative Integration of Shared and Public Transport on City Streets" (Antonia Roberts, Interim Executive Director, CoMoUK)
  • "Re-thinking the Station Travel Plan Concept: How Railway Stations Can Deliver More Commercial and Community Value" (Ian Bruce, Principal Consultant, SYSTRA and Mark Rose, Stations Commercial Lead, HS2 Ltd)
  • "Launching an App-Based Commuter Shuttle Service: A Case Study from a West London Business Park" (Brad Lee, Smart Mobility Enterprise Lead, Chariot)

3:00: Refreshment break

3:20: Two options:

Room 1: Air Quality and Health

Room 2: Government Policy and Devolved Policy

  • "DfT Perspectives on Active Travel: A Review of the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy Implementation and What Comes Next" (Rupert Furness, Deputy Director, Active and Accessible Travel Division, Department for Transport)
  • Transport Strategies of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Combined Authorities and Transport for the North

4:20: Conclusions and closing words (Room 1)

4:30: Pub social (Bacchus Bar, downstairs at basement level)