First speaker confirmed for 2017 National Conference

12.00 | 20 April 2017 |

A senior research associate from the University of Cambridge will explain to delegates at the 2017 National Road Safety Conference the health impacts of a mode shift to walking and cycling.

The 2017 National Conference, Road Safety GB’s flagship annual event, will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport on 14-15 November.

The first confirmed name on the agenda is Dr James Woodcock, who leads the Public Health Modelling Group at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR).

Dr Woodcock will present methods and results from studies looking at the health impacts of a mode shift to walking and cycling. He will focus on the physical activity benefits and potential harms from road traffic injuries, with consideration of how trade-offs might differ by age group, gender, scenario, and setting.  

Dr Woodcock will also review various road traffic injury modelling assumptions and approaches, including constant risks and safety in numbers, and factoring in changes in motor traffic volume.

Dr Woodcock works at the intersection of population health and transport studies.

As part of his work at CEDAR, he created the Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling tool (ITHIM), and is lead investigator on the Propensity to Cycle Tool and Impacts of Cycling Tool. He is also a core member of the World Health Organization Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT).

2017 National Road Safety Conference
In a break from tradition, the 2017 National Road Safety Conference is being organised by a committee drawn from Road Safety GB North West, North East and Yorkshire & Humber regions, rather than a single regional team. It will take place in Manchester on 14-15 November and is co-sponsored by Colas, Jenoptik Traffic Solutions UK and Insure The Box.

More than 150 people have already registered to attend the event, and 14 companies will, so far, participate in the exhibition which runs alongside the conference.

The agenda will include sessions focusing on public health, sustainability, active travel and road safety casualty reduction’, and the use of behavioural change techniques (BCTs) in road safety interventions.

There will also be a ‘Topical Topics’ session, the ever-popular Question Time and a Fringe programme running in tandem with the main agenda. ‘Pick my brains’, which was successfully piloted at the 2016 conference, will be repeated this year.

Click here to register to attend the conference; click here for more information about exhibiting alongside the conference; or for more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration and exhibition) or Nick Rawlings (speakers and agenda) on 01379 650112.




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