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Hello and welcome to our August e-bulletin.

Following upon last month's announcement regarding the new Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling, we have seen five new announcements from the DfT e.g. on funding motorways, roundabouts and an expansion of London City Airport. Interestingly, the announcement regarding £529 million in road and port funding in the North West still has the Northern Powerhouse branding on it, although the term has elsewhere all but disappeared since Theresa May took charge. To repeat an important deadline from last month, the DfT Access Fund (details below) has an application deadline of 9 September.

Our next Annual Conference & AGM titled 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World' has a deadline of 31 August for papers - see our call for papers, sponsors and exhibitors. Our autumn events will be advertised in the next e-bulletin.

Now's the time to finalise your plans for Cycle to Work Day (14 September) and European Mobility Week (16-22 September) which culminates in a car-free day. In places where the word 'European' may be controversial, organisers can opt for simply 'Mobility Week' or use local branding for your events.

Please note that job postings are now found in the sidebar of the e-bulletin.

If you're not already an Act TravelWise member, it's easy to join and you can now do this via the Login/Join link at the top of our website.

We encourage you to send in your news, job postings and event listings for future issues of the monthly e-bulletin. Just email them by the end of the month. This is a free service for members (£100 per item for non-members), reaching 4,000 people. Also anyone may submit email addresses that you'd like added to our e-bulletin distribution list here.

Featured News

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DfT Access Fund for Sustainable Travel Announced - Application Deadline 9 September

On 5 July, the long-awaited DfT Access Fund for sustainable travel bidding opportunity was announced, with an application deadline of 9 September. You will find all the details on the following web page:

If you are an Act TravelWise member, please contact Randall Ghent ( if you're interested in getting training and support with your bid.

Featured Event

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Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 17 January 2017

'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'

Now more than ever, individuals' travel behaviour is shifting and adapting in response to changes in their own circumstances, their communities, the economy and technology.

Practioners in the travel and transport sector have the opportunity to help shape these changes in order to best address people's needs whilst favouring sustainable modes.

The Act TravelWise Annual Conference will address a range of questions such as:

  • What is the future role of the car in the smart city?
  • How can workplaces, hospitals and universities best adapt to future travel needs and encourage a step-change in travel behaviour?
  • How can we best work with LEPs and use capital funding to encourage walking and cycling?
  • How can we bring the benefits of the 'new sharing economy' to smaller towns and rural areas?
  • What is the future role of 'leaner' local authorities in behaviour change?
  • How can local authorities and transport operators work together to improve air quality and minimise the negative impacts of HGV freight movements?
  • What are the expected impacts, both positive and negative, of new transport technologies?
  • How can we improve quality of life by discouraging excessive travel?
  • How should policy makers support social, economic and environmental sustainability when responding to changes in technology and lifestyles?

Date and Location:

Act TravelWise will hold its next Annual Conference & AGM on Tuesday 17 January 2017 as a full-day event at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel opposite New Street rail station in central Birmingham - revisiting the venue of our December 2014 conference. The AGM will take place at the end of the day whilst the conference continues in the adjacent meeting room.

Call for papers:

We issued a call for papers with a deadline of Wednesday 31 August. Abstracts were requested in the form of an MS Word or RTF file containing: (a) a presentation title, (b) a 250-word description, (c) a 40-word speaker biography and (d) speaker contact details. There is still some space available in the programme as of mid-September. Please contact Randall Ghent at ASAP if you didn't yet have a chance to prepare an abstract.

Sponsors and exhibitors:

We welcome enquiries. The following rates apply:

  • Exclusive Event Sponsor £2,750 (includes 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo, plus exposure in all conference announcements/materials)
  • Exhibition Stand £475 / £975 (member / non-member)
  • Drinks Reception Sponsor £750
  • Programme Advert £175 / £350 (half page / full page)
  • Delegate Bags £475
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European Mobility Week 2016 - Theme & Resources

European Mobility Week returns in September 2016 (16-22 Sept), and now is the time to start organising local campaigns! The theme for the 2016 is 'Smart and sustainable mobility - an investment for Europe'. A newly released Communications Toolkit provides all the logos, graphics, templates and guidelines that you may need. You can also download 'best practice guides' with case studies from local campaigns in 2015 and previous years.

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EVIDENCE Project - Measure Reviews Available

The EVIDENCE project has reviewed 22 different transport measures (e.g. Cycling, Walking, E-Ticketing, Travel Information) under 7 themes (e.g. Demand Management Strategies, Urban Freight, Less Car-Dependent Mobility Options). You can select your theme of interest and download in-depth reviews on each of these measures or shorter summary reviews.

EVIDENCE is a strategic initiative funded by the European Commission's Executive Agency for SMEs, designed to unlock the potential of SUMP implementation. Quite often, the evidence that is available is ad-hoc, of varying quality and either inaccessible or unavailable within the timescales of decision making. However we know that evidence does exist, but often it’s not in an accessible format. Policy makers and professionals that need it, don’t have the time or resources to search through it and to gauge the credibility.

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Cycle Rail Awards - Deadline 9 September 2016

Now in their twelfth year, the 2016 Cycle-Rail Awards recognise progress made by the rail industry and associated organisations towards encouraging integrated cycle-rail travel. The 2016 National Cycle-Rail Awards programme is open for entries and nominations, closing on Friday 9 September 2016 at 5 pm.

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SUMP Case Studies Available for Download

The ENDURANCE project, which ended in April, produced 21 case studies on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) theme.

The case studies provide a very useful overview of SUMP best practice on the five sub-themes of citizen participation, financing, institutional cooperation, monitoring & evaluation and SUMP measures.

The case studies, listed as 'fact sheets', were all copy-edited by Act TravelWise and are now available for download here.

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Act TravelWise LinkedIn Discussion Forum

Act TravelWise maintains a 'group' on LinkedIn where you can post discussion items and announcements. Please feel free to use this forum whether you are new to the sustainable transport/travel field or a more seasoned practitioner. To join the group, visit

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Featured Event  

NHS Travel and Transport Managers' Forum - 3rd Meeting - 13 September 2016

Following upon a successful and well attended second meeting of our NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum on 12 July, the forum's third meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 September from 2:30-4:30 pm at BuroHappold in London, with an option to join via teleconference.

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Cycle to Work Day - 14 September 2016

Cycle to Work Day is a national event to be held on 14 September 2016, supported by Act TravelWise and other partners. It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

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Shared Transport Conference - 20 September 2016

The Carplus Shared Transport Conference 2016 to be held in Glasgow will focus on how shared travel can be integrated with other forms of sustainable transport, particularly in low carbon transport and active travel hubs.

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Workplace Travel Champions Training Courses - 4 Oct - 8 Dec 2016

Sustrans will be delivering a series of open-enrolment Workplace Travel Champions Training courses throughout October-December. The sessions will be hosted by the Big Lottery Fund and are set to take place in Newcastle, Birmingham and Belfast. These courses will give workplace staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to champion sustainable travel within their organisation; providing them with a wealth of tools and materials.

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Bike Share Conference - 4-5 October 2016

Bikeplus announces an exciting two day conference in Oxford about bike share in the UK. Participants will gain wider understanding of important issues in the sector from bike share procurement to the latest innovations as well as learning lessons from the Shared Electric Bike Programme. Full conference details here and online registration can be found here.

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