South West cycling advocates network-building workshop
Are you campaigning for cycling in the South West and want to find out how to translate your ideas into reality? If so, join us at our cycling advocates' network-building workshop in Plymouth on 15 March.
Plymouth Council is delighted to host a day of cycling workshops at the Guildhall, Plymouth on the 15th March. The first event of its kind is set to examine the provision of cycling across the South West and how cycle campaign networks can grow to support and encourage local authorities to implement and fund cycle provision for all. The implication of the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report recommendations is emphasised by David Cameron, as No.10 calls for local authorities and the Highway Authorities to cycle-proof the UK’s roads. Discover how this can help underpin calls to action by cycle campaigners across the South West.
Our conference will feature a range of local authority figures and cycle experts, case studies, workshops and panel discussions, to explore the ways in which cycling can become a safe, natural and entirely normal option for day-to-day travel and recreation, for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, as part of a wider vision for healthier streets and liveable communities.
It features a keynote speech from CTC's Campaigns & Policy Director Roger Geffen on the national 'Space for Cycling' campaign, which CTC is co-ordinating in partnership with the London Cycling Campaign and local Cyclenation campaign groups. Other speakers include key players in cycling from around the South West. They include Jim Woffenden (Plymouth City Council’s Snr Transport Planner / Sustrans Project Manager), Brett Nicolle (CTC Cycle Development Officer), Zsolt Schuller (Devon County Council’s Strategic Sustainable Travel Officer), Michael Evans (Dorset Cyclists' Network) and Bill Nicholson, (Plymouth Cycle Campaign representative).
The morning is about sharing best practice on cycle-friendly planning and design, and the promotion of off-road cycle access. In the afternoon, we will talk about how we can most effectively work together to campaign in the SW for improved cycling conditions and access opportunities for all.
Key themes to be covered and benefits of attending
- Hear a national perspective on cycle campaigning, what it means for local campaign groups and how they can influence their local authorities, and how the new national ‘Space for Cycling’ campaign might work for you.
- Exchange local perspectives on opportunities to promote cycling and how local authorities are responding to them
- Discuss off-road access in the South West, with a view to building a regional network of off-road campaigners for off-road cycle access.
- Explore ways in which safety can be improved on the A30 and in other on-road schemes through cycle-proofed infrastructure
- Understand how you can build county wide networks to engage and influence local authorities at all levels to improve cycle provision.
- Learn from successful case studies that have worked to improve cycle campaigning, funding, infrastructure and attracted a mix of public local authority attention.
- Take advantage of the extensive opportunities for audience contributions throughout the day - particularly during the "Panel Discussions", and the morning and afternoon sessions around local engagement, on and off-road planning and design and building effective campaigning networks.
- You can access more detailed Views & Briefings here on the themes which will be covered.
To view the conference programme, please open the PDFs below.
Book your place now or call 01483 238 323. Cost: £10 contribution to lunch and refreshments, or a £5 'early bird' discounted rate if booked BEFORE 8th March.
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