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Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 30 January 2020

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Birmingham

Macdonald Burlington Hotel

Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street

Birmingham

B2 4JQ

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'Sustainable Transport for 2020 and Beyond: From Town and City Centres to the Suburbs'

At the Act TravelWise Annual Conference on Thursday 30 January 2020 in Birmingham, our theme centres on solutions specific to the geography of where people live – emphasising the need for different strategies to address the needs of town and city centres vs inner and outer suburbs.

Town and city centres have long been a focus of sustainable transport initiatives, as interventions there benefit everyone, including visitors. They're where amenities are most concentrated, where alternatives to car use are most viable, and where the highest levels of air pollution and congestion are found. The trend of repopulating city centres continues apace, led by the under-30s.

However, only 4% of the UK population lives in city centres. In our efforts to reduce car dependence and achieve our ‘net zero’ climate target, we must also focus on the places where most of us live – the suburbs. With up to 51% of the UK population living there (depending on how suburbs are geographically defined), suburbanites deserve a larger share of attention in the sustainable transport arena. Here it is useful to distinguish between inner suburbs (which evolved around public transport corridors and stations) and post-war, car dependent outer suburbs.

In the context of ambitious government targets for new home building, we must avoid ‘building in’ car dependence in new development. This means creating higher density, mixed-use development rather than isolated housing estates with few amenities within walking distance. It also means targeting brownfield sites for new development, as this reduces the pressure for outward expansion.

The conference will bring together experts from across the sustainable transport and planning worlds to explore:

  • How should sustainable transport be integrated into town and city centres as well as inner and outer suburbs?

  • How can new development avoid the pitfalls of car dependency?

  • What can we learn from successful strategies already in place?

For full details and programme, please see http://www.acttravelwise.org/events/act-travelwise-annual-conference-agm-30-january-2020/

If you have any queries, contact Randall Ghent on 07960 180851 / randall@acttravelwise.org.

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Birmingham

Macdonald Burlington Hotel

Burlington Arcade, 126 New Street

Birmingham

B2 4JQ

United Kingdom

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