The first two speakers – including the opening keynote address – have been confirmed for the inaugural Older Road User Conference.
The 2018 Older Road User Conference is being held at the Royal Automobile Club’s prestigious Pall Mall Clubhouse in central London on 19 September.
The conference is being jointly organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with New View Consultants and the RAC Foundation – and in association with the headline sponsor Satsafe.
The 50 ‘early bird’ places for the conference were snapped up within two weeks of going on sale.
The agenda is beginning to take shape, and the opening keynote presentation will be delivered by Dr Charles Musselwhite, associate professor in gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University.
Dr Musselwhite is operational director of the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research, an initiative to develop and enhance research, policy and practice for older people across Wales.
Dr Musselwhite’s research has involved several invited international and national presentations at conferences and invited presentations to the House of Commons and House of Lords. He makes frequent appearances on radio and television across the world and is keen to engage his research with the public.
He has published more than 25 journal articles and another 40+ publications and has been involved in research projects totalling more £6m for studies spanning four interconnected areas: road user safety and ageing; older people, travel behaviour change and health and wellbeing; giving up driving in later life; and attitudes to transport and travel.
Stephen Joseph OBE has been executive director of Campaign for Better Transport since 1988, the country’s leading transport NGO.
Stephen Joseph was a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport from 1999-2005, and a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment during its inquiry on transport and the economy. He was also on the steering group for the Government’s road user charging feasibility study in 2003-4.
More recently he has been a member of challenge panels or advisory groups for Government plans on high-speed rail, eco-towns, transport appraisal and the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.
He was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1996 for services to transport and the environment.
Stephen Joseph’s presentation, Better mobility for older people, will explain how the next generation of older people will have grown up with car ownership and driving – and will be much harder to move away from cars even if their health dictates it.
He will argue that we need to create a transport system that works for older people – those in cars, those walking or in mobility vehicles, and those reliant on public transport.
He believes this will require different transport priorities – more on repairing/gritting pavements rather than just the roads, more crossings and crossing time, more local facilities and less car-based sprawl, and a usable shared transport system that reflects wider social benefits such as reduced isolation.
The Older Road User Conference delegate fee for Road Safety GB and Academy members is £150. For other attendees from the public sector, third sector and academia the fee is £175 plus VAT and for other attendees £225 (all prices plus VAT). The delegate fee covers all refreshments, including lunch.
There is also the opportunity for a small number of organisations to exhibit alongside the conference – click here for details.