CTC/Cyclenation campaigns conference 24 October (Liverpool)

The CTC and Cyclenation's annual cycle campaigners' conference 2015 is being hosted in Liverpool by Merseyside Cycle Campaign on Saturday 24 October.

Key speakers and workshop sessions will provide a forum to discuss recent developments and new opportunities for local cycle campaigning. Topics on the agenda include:

Active City conference in Leicester 2016

Jon Orcutt, who was responsible for organising the USA’s largest-ever bike share system will be coming to Leicester next year to take part in a ground-breaking ‘Cycle City, Active City’ Conference to be held at Curve in Leicester from 18-20 May 2016.

The conference will gather more than 500 delegates and expert speakers from around the world to share ideas about promoting cycling, walking and active lifestyles in cities, making them more ‘people-friendly’ places to live.

As well as attracting transport planning professionals, the conference will bring together experts in regeneration, health, tourism and technology. There are also plans for exciting public and school events to highlight the ongoing transformation of Leicester.

The two-day conference and exhibition will feature international speakers – not only from the USA but also from Holland, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. They will join more than 100 speakers from the UK and Ireland who will discuss making cities easier to get around.

Loughborough University spearheads EU project

based on a Road Safety GB web page

Road safety experts at Loughborough University are leading a €5.8m European project designed to help halve road deaths in Europe by 2020. Almost 26,000 fatalities occurred on Europe’s roads in 2012, more than half of which were vulnerable road users. The European Commission (EC) has set ambitious targets to halve this figure by 2020.

Funded by the EC’s Horizon 2020 Programme, the SafetyCube project is the first systematic pan-European in-depth study of accident causation. As well as providing data on existing technologies, it will also enable predictive estimates to be made of the effectiveness of new technologies which may only be on the road in small numbers or not yet in use.

The project brings together 18 partners from 15 European countries and spans all elements of road safety from infrastructure and speed limits, to vehicles, road users, and driver behaviour.

The project will be led by Professor Pete Thomas of the Safe and Smart Mobility Research Cluster in the Loughborough Design School who said: “Road safety records for countries in the European Union vary considerably. If all Member States had the road safety levels of the best performing countries it is estimated deaths would have been reduced by over 10,000 in 2012.

“Countries that perform best in road safety are those which uniformly have a strong evidence base and a systematic approach to policy making that starts by identifying causes and key risk factors. This has not been adopted by most EU Member States with the consequence that road safety policies may be erratic and not results-focussed.

“But even the best performing countries do not have available an evidence-base of the breadth and depth to which SafetyCube will work, so all can expect to have opportunities to further reduce casualties.”


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