Act Travelwise Training Event

Travel Planning and Parking Management for Universities and Hospitals - 2 April 2019

On Tuesday 2 April 2019 from 10 am to 4 pm at University of Birmingham, we'll be holding an all-day training workshop specifically for practitioners from universities and hospitals (and those who work with them) across the UK to learn about established best practice and innovation in sustainable travel and parking policy.

Led by Richard Adams and Chris Carter of AECOM, the training workshop will include:

  • an overview of the transport challenges faced by universities and hospitals
  • examples of best practice and available guidance to effectively address those challenges
  • four 10-minute presentations from leading university and hospital transport managers on what they've implemented, how they went about it and what the results have been
  • training to address the specific challenges identified through a survey of registered delegates
  • discussion in small groups to share knowledge and experience, according to topics such as EV charge points, shared bicycle schemes, staff parking policy etc
  • a walking tour of measures implemented at University of Birmingham

A range of guidance documents are also being compiled for delegates during the time leading up to the event.


9:30: Arrivals, tea/coffee, networking

10:00: Welcome, workshop overview and delegate introductions

10:30: ‘Quick bite’ presentations and interactive discussion in small groups on topic areas:

  • Unique challenges of the higher education and healthcare sector
  • Travel plan development
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Defining outcomes: measure selection, sustainable travel / travel reduction incentives (for employees, students, visitors)

11:05: Short break

11:15: Presentations on best practice

  • Dr Steve Melia, University of West of England, on the radical parking policy changes implemented at UWE and the surprising impacts on behaviour - plus data from parking constraint measures implemented throughout Europe
  • Tom Hendy, Sustainability West Midlands, on case studies of sustainable travel initiatives at hospitals in the region
  • Rachael Elliott, MJM Consultancy, on her work to implement sustainable transport measures for Leeds Beckett University and NHS hospital sites
  • Peter Edwards, University of Birmingham, on measures put in place at the university (to be viewed on walking tour)
  • Q&A, discussion, sharing of delegates' experience

12:30: Lunch break

1:15: Walking tour of University of Birmingham measures implemented

2:00: Parking management

  • Sharing the evolutionary experience of Bournemouth University with Q&A
  • Discussion in small groups on principles and approaches to managing parking

2:50: Short break

3.00: ‘Quick bite’ presentations and interactive discussion in small groups on topic areas

  • Business case development and funding opportunities
  • Consultation for consensus
  • Implementation and marketing
  • Review and refinement

3:45: Conclusions

4:00: Closing

Registration is now open - click to register via Eventbrite. For other payment options, please get in touch. Attendance is free for Act TravelWise members sending one delegate. A fee applies for non-members and additional delegates. The event capacity is limited to 40 delegates.

For those staying in Birmingham the night before, we offer a 10% discount off hotels booked via our referral link. One affordable option is the Comfort Inn near the south entrance of New Street station, where rooms are currently (as of 1 March) available from £41.

The workshop will be held in the University of Birmingham's Murray Learning Centre (R28 on the campus map), the first building on the left when heading from University Station. University Station is the only rail station in the UK located on a university campus, and just 2 stops and 8 minutes from Birmingham New Street. Other travel options are here.

Delegates in the heathcare sector are encouraged to complete the BPA Healthcare Parking Survey.

For more information, please contact Randall Ghent on 07960 180851 or [email protected]

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