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Hello and welcome to our September e-bulletin.

We wish the best of luck to those of you who have submitted applications to the DfT Access Fund.

Our next Annual Conference & AGM titled 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World' had a deadline of 31 August for papers but there is still some space available in the programme - see announcement below for our call for papers, sponsors and exhibitors.

Cycle to Work Day (14 September) is just behind us and European Mobility Week (16-22 September, article below) began today. If you haven't registered your activities yet on, it's not too late. So far Aberdeen is the UK leader and is eligible to apply for an award.

Please note that job postings and regional meetings are found in the sidebar of the e-bulletin. Regional meetings in Yorkshire, the North West and the North East are to be announced shortly on the website.

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 over 4,000 people. Also anyone may submit email addresses that you'd like added to our e-bulletin distribution list here.

Featured News

Featured News  

Mobility Week 2016 Has Begun!

The 15th annual European Mobility Week has been launched, with activities taking place across Europe from 16 to 22 September. The theme this year is 'Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe’. The main aim is to promote awareness of the economic benefits of investing in safe, clean transport for people and companies. Full press release here.

As in previous years, local authorities and individuals across the continent are encouraged to think about what they can do locally, to make an impact globally. Action in cities is particularly important as urban transport is responsible for 23% of EU's greenhouse gas emissions.

So far, European Mobility Week has attracted a total of 2,241 towns and cities from 50 countries, which have officially registered for the campaign. Over 889 participating towns and cities are celebrating a Car-Free Day on 22 September.

Brexit has not discouraged the UK from signing up, with 17 towns and cities participating, up from 10 in recent years.

In the City of London, a taxi drivers and cyclist campaign is being launched to ‘look out for one another’ through an agreement between the Licenced Taxi Driver Association and London Cycling Campaign (LCC). Collisions between these two groups are a major source of danger on city streets and to help make amends, LCC’s marketing manager will drive a London cab for a day while taxi drivers will cycle around the City during the week.

Scotland too is wholeheartedly committed with 12 towns and cities signing up including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dunblane, thanks to Business Improvement District grants from Transport Scotland. Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport and the Islands, will join the celebrations at Victoria Quay in Edinburgh on 22 September when a street audit will be among the activities taking place. Gibraltar rounds out the UK’s involvement.

As a special promotion to coincide with Mobility Week, Professor John Whitelegg is offering a discount on the price of his book 'Mobility: A new urban design and transport planning philosophy for a sustainable future'. From 17 September at 8 am through 22 September, the price of the Kindle edition will be reduced from £6.99 to just £0.99 in this online shop.

Featured Event

Featured Event  

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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SUMP Award 2016 Call for Applications

The European Commission has launched a call for applications for this year’s award for sustainable urban mobility planning. Local and regional authorities that have been exceptionally successful in integrating freight in the development and/or implementation of their Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) will be recognised. Application deadline: 28 October 2016.

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EPOMM E-Update August 2016 - Overcoming Barriers

EPOMM - the European Platform on Mobility Management - has released its August 2016 e-update (published 22 August) on the topic of Overcoming Barriers to Mobility Management. The theme is described as follows:

Mobility management already has many success stories in Europe. But a systematic application of mobility management is still rare. That is the main reason why these successes so far have had a very limited impact on a European scale. In this e-update we will examine the main barriers that are holding back wide-scale implementation of mobility management or that counteract the impact of mobility management measures. We will also show some examples of ways to overcome barriers and some alternative, more beneficial policies.

Read the EPOMM E-Update 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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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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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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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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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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Carplus AGM and CTA Westminster Conference - 22 November 2016

This year, the Carplus AGM will be held on 22 November in London alongside the Community Transport Association’s Westminster Conference. The conference promises to be a collaborative and engaging event with an exciting networking and exhibition space. The day will include sessions on how to build partnerships across the transport sector; a policy update from the Department for Transport; and discussion on innovative transport solutions that are pushing boundaries to improve mobility.

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NHS Travel and Transport Managers' Forum - 4th Meeting - 24 November 2016

Following upon a successful and well attended third meeting of our NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum on 13 September, the forum's fourth meeting will be held on Thursday 24 November from 2:00-4:00 pm at BuroHappold in London, with an option to join via teleconference.

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