First week of RSGB’s online cycle safety event reaches midway point

06.51 | 9 June 2021 | |

The third day of Road Safety GB’s online cycle safety event sees the first live session take place – looking at the lessons learned from Covid-19 cycle initiatives.

The interactive workshop, facilitated by Matt Staton, Road Safety GB’s director of research, will include examples of initiatives introduced under the Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF).

The funding was announced by the Government in May 2020 as part of the work to combat the Covid-19 pandemic – by increasing levels of walking and cycling.

The session includes presentations by:

  • Nikola Floodgate, schemes planning and development manager, Kent County Council
  • Ian Edwards, director, New View Consultants
  • Cheryl Evans, senior road safety officer, West Berkshire Council

Topics likely to be covered in the workshop include:

  • Lessons learned from how consultation with stakeholders was managed within the short timeframes
  • Using Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders
  • Combining engagement and infrastructure measures
  • What success looks like?
  • How EATF may have influenced/or might influence future practice

The session is fully subscribed, but organisers hope to make a recording available at a later date.

Coming up later this week
The three-week event, titled ‘More cycling, safer cyclists: how can we make it safer for more people to cycle, more often?’, will be aired free-to-all until 25 June.

The programme comprises a mix of pre-recorded and live content including video presentations, a workshop and a Question Time session. All the pre-recorded content will be published on the programme page at 10am on its advertised day.

Dates, times and registration details for the live sessions are also available on the programme page.

The final two days of the first week of the event feature pre-recorded presentations looking at local schemes.

Thursday’s presentation discusses the West Midlands Cycle Hire scheme, launched earlier this year by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).

Latest figures show that across the region, more than 22,000 users have covered almost 150,000km on the new bikes, which launched in the spring.

The presentation is being delivered by Emma Down, cycling and walking development officer at TfWM.

Meanwhile, Friday’s presentation looks at a cycle safety scheme from Staffordshire.

It will provide an overview of the current Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership campaign – titled Look Out – which is promoting cycle safety information to both cyclists and drivers.

This will include how collision analysis was used to shape the campaign and how messaging has been designed and delivered.

The presentation is being delivered by Mel Langdown, strategic governance and commissioning manager at the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership.



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