This is a hot topic, as any discussion of it demonstrates. On the one hand, the goal is to grow cycling and, if that means that lots more white males do it, so be it. On the other, the cycling community is peculiarly unlike the population at large and this is a problem, particularly as barriers to cycling become better understood. This theme will be explored first by Tiffany Lam who recently completed her studies at LSE. Tiffany argues that the prominence of infrastructure in cycling policy is erasing the "invisible cyclists" for whom cycling is a necessity due to economic deprivation and spatial isolation. Our other speaker will be Tom Becker who works in TfL's Behaviour Change team. Tom will talk about work he and colleagues have been undertaking this year designed to diversify the user base of TfL's Cycle Hire scheme. They have worked with three London boroughs to deliver pilot initiatives and Tom plans to share initial results.
Whatever your take on the subject, we humbly suggest you should be at this one!