CTC President Jon Snow to chair Cycling Scotland Conference

Jon Snow, CTC President, with his bicycle
Cycling Scotland's annual conference will take place this year on November 8 at the iconic Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

Chaired by CTC President and Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow, this year’s conference will discuss how local and national initiatives are helping to increase cycling.

Delegates will not only hear about initiatives in Scotland, but also about experiences from other local authorities and cities in the UK including the Mayor of London’s ambitious vision for cycling from Cycling Commissioner for London, Andrew Gilligan.

The conference will see the launch of the National Assessment of Local Authority Cycling Policy, and bring together active travel professionals, campaigners and local and national politicians, offering the opportunity to network, learn from each other and support cycling in Scotland and beyond.

All this will be delivered against the backdrop of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome which provides a real link to next year’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and cycling legacy.

Key speakers and participants include:

  • Jon Snow, President CTC and Channel 4 newsreader
  • Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Veterans, The Scottish Government
  • Councillor Archie Graham, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow City Council
  • Councillor Frank McAveety, Convener, Sustainability and the Environment Policy Development Committee, Glasgow City Council
  • Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner for London
  • Alison Johnstone MSP, Co-Convener, Cross Party Group on Cycling
  • Ian Aitken, Chief Executive, Cycling Scotland
  • Craig Burn, Chief Executive, Scottish Cycling
  • John Lauder, Director, Sustrans Scotland
  • Susan Swarbrick, Group Senior Features Writer, Herald & Times Group
  • Maureen Kidd, Director Cycling Scotland PHD of University of Glasgow

Site visits, led by Sustrans Scotland’s John Lauder and Glasgow City Council’s Allan McLean, will take in landmark projects -  ‘The Bridge to Nowhere’, infrastructure around London Road and the Velodrome.

I am very much looking forward to holding this year’s conference in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

The launch of the National Assessment of Local Authority Cycling Policy ties in well with the refreshed Cycling Action Plan for Scotland, which reiterated the Scottish Government’s vision of 10% of everyday journeys being by bike by 2020 and, earlier this year, the Ministerial Cycling Summit saw elected members and heads of transport meet to discuss support for a wide variety of cycling policies.

Ian Aitken
Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland

See Cycling Scotland's conference page for more information, including a full agenda.