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Hello and welcome to our May e-bulletin.

There's a lot happening throughout the spring here at Act TravelWise, as you'll see from the News and Events below. Our NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum is growing, with a second meeting on 9 June. Any relevant contacts appreciated.

We're supporting our members and partners with funding bids for the Access Fund, with a workshop in Manchester in June and an effort to bring people together for a consortium bid. We are also encouraging participation in the Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy consultation, which closes on 23 May.

It's not too late to register for our re-launch meeting for the Yorkshire & The Humber regional group, to be held on Tuesday 10 May in Leeds. Those representing universities may be interested in the presentation 'Lessons Learnt from Travel Planning in the Higher Education Sector'.

All of our own training events are free for members sending one delegate, and our partners' events have discounted rates, as part of our effort to ensure that membership is excellent value for money.

Please note that regional meetings and job postings are now found in the sidebar of the e-bulletin. The events sidebar only covers through June 2016.

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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Consultation: Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

The Department for Transport has prepared a Draft Cycling and Walking Strategy for consultation, as part of a government effort "to create a walking and cycling nation". Through the consultation, the DfT is seeking:

  • suggestions and evidence of innovative projects and programmes which could be developed to further our goals of:
    • increasing cycling activity
    • reversing the decline in walking activity
    • reducing the rate of cyclists killed or seriously injured
  • views on how to increase cycling and walking in typically under-represented groups
  • views on the approach and actions set out in the strategy to meet our key objectives
  • views on the potential roles of government and non-government bodies in delivering the strategy, plus the how they work together
  • views on the assistance local authorities and local enterprise partnerships would find beneficial to support development of infrastructure plans
  • views on our proposed activities for meeting our objectives of better:
    • safety
    • mobility
    • streets

The draft strategy and related information can be found at

If you are an Act TravelWise member interested in helping to develop a unified response from the association, please contact Randall Ghent at

The consultation closes on 23 May 2016.

Featured Event

Featured Event  

The Future Role of the Car in the Smart City - 27 May 2016

Steer Davies Gleave will run and host an Act TravelWise workshop on Friday 27 May 2016 titled 'The Future Role of the Car in the Smart City’. With a range of expert speakers, the workshop will broadly encompass electric vehicles, car sharing, car clubs and innovations that are making car ownership less desirable compared to paying for car use as a service.

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Interested in Access Fund Consortium Bidding?

Act TravelWise will for the first time in its history be developing a consortium bid with eligible local authorities for themed bids for funding for the DfT's new Access Fund.

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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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Urban Transport Roadmaps - Online Tool and Webinar

The Urban Transport Roadmaps project aims to support cities develop cost effective transport policy packages that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and support the reduction of road casualties. The online tool produced by the project allows users to create a simple transport model to replicate their city, customise it for the local circumstances and assess the impact of a range of transport policy measures on the city's transport system, environment and economy. An upcoming webinar will explore the tool, the policies you can assess, and the outputs.

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Updated Cycle-Rail Toolkit

The Rail Delivery Group is shortly to publish an updated version of the Cycle-Rail Toolkit. Train operators and Network Rail are delivering cycle improvements across the network, and this toolkit will help ensure that high-quality infrastructure is in place to support the anticipated increase in cycle-rail journeys.

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Featured Event  

Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Meeting - 10 May 2016

West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) hosted a re-launch meeting of the of the Act TravelWise Yorkshire & The Humber regional group in Leeds on Tuesday 10 May, 2 pm to 4 pm.

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20th European Conference on Mobility Management - 1-3 June 2016

The Municipality of Athens and the Universities of Thessaloniki and Piraeus together with EPOMM invite you to the 20th European Conference on Mobility Management - ECOMM 2016, which will take place in Athens, Greece at Technopolis (GAZI) from 1-3 June 2016.

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What Makes an Effective Bid for Active and Sustainable Travel Funding - 7 June 2016

Following on a well-received plenary presentation at the Act TravelWise Annual Conference, Helen Ramsden of Transport for Greater Manchester will be leading a workshop with her colleague Julian Ashworth on how to write an effective funding bid. The workshop, being held on Tuesday 7 June from 11:15 am to 2:15 pm, is a timely opportunity to improve any funding proposals being prepared for the DfT Access Fund.

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Transports Publics Exhibition - Free Tickets Available - 14-16 June 2016

Transports Publics, the European Mobility Exhibition, is the biennial exhibition for all the key players in public transport and sustainable mobility from across Europe. Free tickets are available to attend the three-day event in Paris being held from 14-16 June 2016.

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NHS Travel and Transport Managers' Forum - 2nd Meeting - 12 July 2016

The second meeting of the NHS Travel and Transport Managers' Forum will take place on Tuesday 12 July, 11 am to 1 pm, at the offices of BuroHappold Engineering in London. There will be call-in facilities to enable remote participation from NHS employees around the country.

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Transport & Health Dragons’ Den-style Event - 27 June

UCL Transport Institute is inviting submissions for a travel behaviour change Dragons’ Den-style event. The aim is to identify one or more well-defined interventions which have the potential to make a significant impact on the nation’s travel behaviour, and individuals’ activity levels in particular.

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Transport Practitioners' Meeting - 29-30 June 2016

Act TravelWise is proud to be a Supporter of the 14th annual Transport Practitioners' Meeting (TPM) taking place from 29-30 June 2016 in Nottingham. TPM is an important annual meeting place for all transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers. A 10% discount on registration is available for Act TravelWise members.

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Sustainable Transport and Economic Development Conference - 5 July 2016

Integrating sustainable transport and economic development is increasingly relevant, given the need to demonstrate value for money in public projects. This conference will showcase how the sustainable transport sector works with other policy areas to deliver shared priorities. The conference will be held on Tuesday 5 July 2016 at The Forum in Southend-on-Sea.

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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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