Cycle hire and speed watch to feature in conference fringe

12.00 | 20 August 2015 | | 2 comments

Community Speed Watch and a successful cycle hire scheme are the latest confirmed topics to be presented in the Fringe programme at the 2015 National Road Safety Conference.

The Fringe was first introduced at the 2014 National Road Safety Conference in Brighton. Following its success, the Fringe has been retained and expanded at this year’s conference, which is being held in Nottingham on 18-19 November.

Linda Pratt, travel choices officer with Northamptonshire Highways, will invite delegates to ‘jump on and enjoy the ride’ as she details the rise and rise of Cycle CoNNect Northampton.

Cycle CoNNect is a 24-hour on-street bike hire service in Northampton, with bikes available to hire across the network at anytime, every day.

After roles in financial services and local authority school transport planning, in 2014 Linda joined Northamptonshire Highways’ sustainable travel team. She works on the premise that if we get more people cycling, as is the case in Holland, Northamptonshire’s roads will become even safer for cyclists.

Linda’s presentation will show how the Cycle CoNNect scheme started and has progressed to achieve the success that it enjoys today.

Guy Rollinson, Kent Police’s Community Speed Watch manager, will explore whether roadside volunteers can really impact driver behaviour.

After roles in academia and then international marketing, in 2003 Guy Rollinson joined Kent Police as a civilian researcher. In 2007, he authored a major review into roads policing and then, as head of the Roads Policing Intelligence Unit, played a leading role in implementing the recommended service delivery improvements.

In November 2011, Guy took over Kent Police’s support for Community Speed Watch. The scheme has since trained more than 1,250 volunteers and established around 1,300 sites in more than 120 schemes across the county.

In 2014 the volunteers reported details of some 20,600 speeding vehicles – a growth rate in observations of around 350% over three years. Using this growing data set, this presentation will look for possible evidence as to whether community volunteers at the roadside can really impact driver behaviour.

2015 National Road Safety Conference
The 2015 National Road Safety Conference will be held at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on 18-19 November. The event is being hosted by Road Safety GB East Midlands region and is co-sponsored by Colas, AA DriveTech, Vysionics and Pepsico. 225 people have already registered to attend and 23 companies will exhibit alongside the conference.

Click here to register to attend as a delegate.

Click here for more information about the exhibition and/or to book to participate in the exhibition.

Click here for more information about sponsoring the event.



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    Good to see Idris at long last acknowledging the danger that speeding drivers present and showing concern for their potential victims.

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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    How many of these “trained” people are children and who thinks it is a good idea for them to stand at the side of a road where drivers might be speeding, and point radar “guns” at them?

    Idris Francis Fight Back With Facts Petersfield
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