Hackney Cycling Conference 2017
Thursday, 27 April 2017 from 09:30 to 17:00 (BST)
Cycling as a catalyst for healthy neighbourhoods
Thursday 27 April 2017 - Hackney Town Hall, London
We are very pleased to announce the full agenda for the 6th annual Hackney Cycling Conference, with full details below.
The line-up will include, amongst other world-class speakers, one of the country’s most important advocates of evidence-based policy making Dr Ben Goldacre, who will be speaking about the use of science in policy making and how to improve the quality of our evidence base by spotting and avoiding common mistakes in the use of science and statistics.
Ben Goldacre is a doctor, best-selling author, academic and campaigner. His work focuses on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and quacks. His book Bad Science has sold over half a million copies worldwide.
In policy work, he is co-author of a 2012 Cabinet Office paper on getting more randomised controlled trials on policy questions; conducted an independent external review in 2012 for the Department for Education on how to improve the use of evidence in teaching; and is co-founder of a successful global campaign for research transparency. He engages with policy makers and has given evidence on numerous occasions to various parliamentary select committees including the Public Accounts, Science and Technology, Health, and Culture Media & Sport.
He currently works as an academic in the University of Oxford, where he runs the EBMdataLab building live data tools to make science and medicine better, like OpenPrescribing and OpenTrials. His blog is at www.badscience.net and he is @bengoldacre on twitter.
- Dr Ben Goldcare, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
- Meg Hillier MP, Chair of Public Accounts Committee & All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group committee member
- Dr Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, London
- Peter Murray, Chairman, New London Architecture
- Riccardo Bobisse, Steer Davies Gleave
- Lucy Saunders, Consultant in Public Health, GLA/TfL
- Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks, Hackney
- Anne-Laure Sabatier, Town Planner - Deputy Mayor's Office, Paris
- Dr Tom Cohen, UCL Centre for Transport Studies (conference chair)
Co-hosted by Hackney Council, Steer Davies Gleave and the Hackney Cycling Campaign, and sponsored by Cyclehoop and Cycle Confident, the Hackney Cycling Conference has become a fixture in the calendar of professionals, campaigners, and elected members eager to hear new ideas from a range of speakers. The conference attracts over 200 national and international speakers and delegates and is a great opportunity to be heard, influence policy and discuss ideas.This event is aimed at practitioners - those whose role it is to modernise our streets and encourage more people to walk and cycle. We will explore the developing policy context and showcase innovative approaches to help us deliver healthy streets, and the associated improvements to air quality and the quality of life of Londoners, and encourage a shift from car to walking and cycling for short trips.
We welcome delegates from across the sector including campaigners, academics and professionals in any of the following areas: road safety, road danger reduction, local or national campaigning, policy, behaviour change, engineering, public health, technology, planning or communications. We especially welcome delegates from outside of London, so that we can learn from experience in other contexts.
Check out last year's event here.
Thursday 27 April 2017 - 9:30am – 5pm
Lunch is provided and the event will be followed by drinks and networking.
Hackney Town Hall Assembly Rooms, Reading Lane, E8 1EA
The first 50 delegates will receive VIP treatment for their bikes with ride-thru valet cycle parking. Ride straight up to the front doors and Cycle Confident and Cyclehoop will take care of your bike for the day including a tune up.
General admission - £65
Local Authority, non-profit, academic institutions, students - £45
The theme of the Hackney Cycling Conference 2017 is Cycling as a catalyst for healthy neighbourhoods.
Transport and planning professionals across the country are dealing with the question of how to manage growth and regeneration to ensure new and established neighbourhoods function as well as possible for the people who live there. Few places in the country are projecting growth at quite the speed and volume of East London, making it a test bed for ideas that can be applied throughout the country.
Massive new developments creating entire new neighbourhoods present opportunities, but are we getting them right? How do we create streets that provide a safe and attractive environment for walking, cycling, play and socialising? How do we ensure connections between neighbourhoods new and old, and how can development contribute to the creation of a comprehensive cycle network?
The same questions are true of existing streets, but we tend not to masterplan the retrofitting of established neighbourhoods. Residential and local streets make up the vast majority of streets in a city, but often receive less investment and less focus in planning for cycling. But the quality of these streets has a big impact on the people who live and work on them, and they can play an important role as part of the cycling network.
In some ways, London has embarked on a transport planning experiment, investing in high volume cycle corridors (Cycle Superhighways), a lower volume cycle network on local streets (Quiet Ways) as well as the town centre focussed mini-Hollands, while also experiencing unprecedented growth and new developments creating neighbourhoods out of historically industrial land.
The underlying question of this experiment is how do we move people around a huge city, making walking, cycling or public transport the obvious choice, while ensuring the balance between the connectivity and mobility and place functions of neighbourhoods?
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