London Walking and Cycling Conference
This year’s London Walking and Cycling Conference will be held on 10 June 2022 at Guildhall. The event will be open to all professionals, campaigners, local authority members and other interested parties who are eager to explore new ideas for sustainable active travel.
The theme of the 2022 conference is ‘walking and cycling towards a fair and inclusive city’. The conference will explore the need to make walking, cycling and our urban spaces more safe, accessible, and attractive. Our programme will bring together people from across London, the UK and continental Europe to demonstrate how we can develop more inclusive streets, make cycling more accessible to under-represented groups, and ensure planning decisions truly incorporate the needs of everyone.
Ticket sales for the event are now open. To purchase a ticket please head to the London Walking and Cycling Conference 2022 eventbrite page.
The London Walking and Cycling Conference is brought to you by Hackney Council and the City of London Corporation, sponsored by Steer.
The 2021 annual London Walking and Cycling Conference took place on Wednesday 24 November, taking the form of interactive walking and cycling tours exclusive to borough officers.
The tours showcased improvements to walking and cycling in the City of London and in Hackney and provided an opportunity to see exemplary active travel interventions in operation – for example the City of London’s Covid-19 City Streets programme and Hackney’s School Streets programme expansion and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
This year saw the London Walking and Cycling Conference go online as a webinar series, in partnership with the City of London Corporation and sponsored by Steer.
There’s never been a better time to discuss the role of walking and cycling in our lives as the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown has highlighted the importance of active travel for work, leisure and health.
First webinar – travelling to school during the pandemic
Thursday 22 October
Julie Bowerman, director at Steer chaired the webinar and was joined by:
- Stephen Edwards (Living Streets) – Walking to school during the pandemic
- Phil Dobson (upCYCLE) – Founding upCYCLE and cycling to school for minority ethnic children
- Dominique Humbert (Hackney Council) – School Streets: avoiding a car-led recovery from lockdown
Second webinar – walking and cycling whilst Black: barriers, policy and progress
Thursday 26 November
Laura Laker, writer and journalist, chaired the second webinar and was joined by:
- Jools Walker (Author of “Back in the Frame”) – Barriers, progress and personal experience for Black people in cycling
- Temi Lateef (Black Riders Association and My-Choice) – My journey into cycling
- Denean Rowe (Centre for London) – Why many Black people don’t cycle and the role that policy can play in changing this
Third webinar – Consultation in the time of Covid-19: Lessons for the Future
Thursday 17 December
Simon Hollowood, Associate at Steer chaired the webinar and was joined by:
- Richard Eason (Enfield Council) – Enfield Town liveable neighbourhoods
- David Sutanto (Steer) – Equalities and street schemes
- Kirsty Hoyle (Transport for All) – The importance, and impact, of co-production with disabled and older people in the design, delivery and evaluation of services
In 2019 a significant expansion of what was once the Hackney Cycling Conference occurred. The partnership with the City of London Corporation brought not only a change of venue but also the inclusion of walking, to evolve into the London Walking and Cycling Conference, in partnership with Steer.
The event drew over 220 delegates, exhibitors and speakers. With VIP guests including Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Judith Bokhove, Vice Mayor for Mobility, Rotterdam, Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney and Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Transport, Cardiff Council to name a few
Other presenters included:
- Will Norman, London walking and cycling commissioner
- Jennifer Keesmaat, CEO of The Keesmaat Group
- Alastair Moss, chair of the planning and transportation committee, City of London Corporation
- Alice Saunders, strategic analyst, TfL
- Clare Wadd, chair, Inner London Ramblers
- Dan Johnson, director of placemaking, New West End Company
- Tom Cherrett, professor of logistics and transport management, University of Southampton
- Judith Bokhove, Vice Mayor for Mobility Rotterdam – Rotterdam Walking & Cycling, Go For It!
- Cllr Caro Wild, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning & Transport, Cardiff – presentation
Stream 1 – Understanding Needs
- Alice Saunders, analyst, City Planning TfL – Mystery Shopping London’s Streets: How attractive are London’s streets for walking and cycling?
- Shelly Bontje, sustainable mobility consultant, Mobycon – Real-world Assessment of the Walking Environment in Rotterdam
- Averil Pittaway, strategic transport officer, City of London Corporation – Taking Consultation to the Streets: How early and regular engagement led to a more radical transport strategy
- Aurora Canales, consultant, Steer – Mobility Through a Gender Perspective in Mexico City
- Dr Robert Davis, chair, Road Danger Reduction Forum – Measuring Danger Rather than Counting Casualties
Stream 2 – Widening the Appeal
- Neil Andrews, campaign and policy manager, Wheels for Wellbeing – Inclusive Mobility and Crime Prevention: a Case Study
- Neil Webster, founder, Cyclo Consulting – Lessons from Japan
- Kevin O’Sullivan, principal and cycle campaigner, Cycle Legal – Dockless Bike Hire and Tottenham FC
- Katy Miller, founder, Ride Clean – Contrasting Challenges Faced in Residential and Urban Areas – Provisions for Maintaining Bicycles
- Melissa Bruntlett, co-founder, Modacity – Changing Hearts and Minds – 8 Rules of Effective Bike Marketing
- Nick Butler, National Modeshift Awards manager, Modeshift – The Journey to School as a Keystone of a Healthy Transport Network
- Silviya Barrett, research manager, Centre for London – Next Generation Road User Charging
Stream 3 – Changing Vehicles
- Jeremy Leach, London campaign co-ordinator, 20’s Plenty for Us – Vision Zero: Tackling Vehicle Speed
- Sarah Clements, consultant, Element Energy – Cycle Freight in London
- Prof Tom Cherrett, professor of logistics and transport management, University of Southampton – Revisiting Walking Porters for Freight Delivery in London
- Richard Dilks, chief executive, CoMoUK – The Future of Shared Sport
Stream 4 – Case Studies
- Mark Strong, Transport Initiatives – Cycle Parking: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- Dr Alex Longdon, principal city planner – Active Travel and Health, TfL – Making the Economic Case for Walking and Cycling
- Dan Johnson, director of placemaking, New West End Company – Transforming the Oxford Street District: Building a New West End
- Gillian Howard, principal project manager, City of London Corporation – Bank on Safety
- Mike Grahn, pedestrian crossings lead, Living Streets and Andy Rogers, Planning and Performance Manager for the West Area, TfL – Fairer Pedestrian Crossing Study
- Richard Eason, Healthy Streets programme director, Enfield Council – Creating Healthy Streets: Foundations for Success
The 7th annual Hackney Cycling Conference, 17 May, 9.30am-5pm, at Hackney Town Hall. Over 200 delegates attended, hearing from expert speakers from across the UK and Europe.
- Jeanette Baartman, delivery planning manager, TFL City Planning, Health Streets – Developing new cycle routes for London
- Simon Phillips, transport manager, Lambeth Council – Developing a healthy route network
- Simon Munk, infrastructure campaigner, London Cycling Campaign and Jeremy Leach, Living Streets – Low traffic neighbourhoods
- Steve Brooks, director of Sustrans Cymru (Wales) – Planning for cycling in Cardiff
- Kevin Golding Williams, DfT – Creating active travel communities in England
- Laura Laker, journalist – Cycling is popular; when will politicians get it?
Stream 1: New models and technologies in the world of bike sharing
- Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus – New models and tech in bike share
- Dominic Smith, cycling infrastructure manager, TfGM – Planning for a step change in cycling in Manchester
Stream 2: Behaviour change in journeys to work, leisure and education
- Dominique Humbert, Hackney Council – Camera enforced car-free zones around schools and launch of the School Streets toolkit
- James Palser, senior project officer, Heathrow Cycling Partnership, Sustrans – Achieving modal shift with 76,500 workers
- Neil Webster, director, Remit Consulting / The Market Cycles – the impact of cycling on office buildings
- Alix Stredwick, CarryMe Bikes CIC / Family Cycling – problems, solutions and the hackney family cycling project
- Adam Walker ACIM, business operations manager – Quick win, low cost interventions
Stream 3: Non-cycling necessities to facilitate cycling
- Peter Siemensma, senior transport planner, Arcadis – Pedestrian and cyclist conflicts research from Amsterdam
- Mark Strong, Transport Initiatives – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Managing pedestrian and cyclist furniture conflict
- David Harrison, vice chair, London Living Streets – Central London walking network
- Tom Bogdanowicz – Reducing risk from construction vehicles to cyclists and walkers
- Hulya Ataoglu, principal workplace travel officer, Redbridge Council – Reducing the grey fleet
- David Dansky, CTUK – Potential to replace essential PHV journeys by side-by-side cycle
- Patrick Donnelly, LEN project manager, Hackney Council – Ultra low emissions streets and innovative timed restrictions
- Josh Liu, Founder, Honor Cycles – Start-ups and commercial innovation in the cycling sector
- Lucy Saunders, TFL – Using your clinical judgement in applying the Healthy Streets approach
- Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council – Cycling towards healthy neighbourhoods – lessons learned from London’s only ‘superquietway’
- Andy Summers, TfL – The case for cycling investment
- Riccardo Bobisse, Steer Davies Gleave – Place-making and the experience of cycling
- Dr Jenny Mindell, UCL – Assessing and valuing the impacts of busy roads on local people
- Peter Murray, New London Architecture – Polycentric necessity of future cities
Stream 1: Complementary walking and cycling policy
- Matt Higgins, TFL – Mind the Mini-Holland: the potential for behavioural economics to improve the delivery of walking and cycling schemes
- Simon Munk, LCC and Tom Platt, Living Streets – Healthy Streets: how walking and cycling go together, and where they don’t
- Shaun Scholes, UCL – Casualty stats of those in control of vehicles v 3rd party
- Rory McMullan, City of London – Policy and action to protect vulnerable road users
Stream 2: Tools and research
- Dr Robert Davis, Road Danger Reduction Forum – Policing of close passing of cyclists by drivers
- Aled Davies, TfL – Cycling network model for London (Cynemon)
- Chris Chinnock, TfL – The analysis of cycling potential in London
- Dr James Woodcock, University of Cambridge – Impacts of cycling tool: health and more
Stream 3: Built environment and developments
- Brian Deegan, TfL – Cycle facilities and air pollution
- Giulio Ferrini, Systra – Segregated cycle infrastructure and property value in London
- Emily Gould, Steer Davies Gleave – Mobility as a service – what does it mean for cycling?
- Dave Swindells, JTP – Promoting good deVELOpment