Workshop sessions – briefings

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1. Reducing road danger and sustainable safety

• Divera Twisk – SWOV (Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research)
• Ton Hummel – Principal Road Safety Engineer

What is sustainable safety? This concept is largely unknown in England so Divera Twisk from the Dutch National Institute of Road Safety (SWOV) will explain what this concept is, its key principles and how it became the approach to achieve road safety in the Netherlands. Ton Hummel, currently working in Bristol will give his practitioner’s’ viewpoint. They will facilitate a discussion with the participants on how sustainable safety compares to current road safety practices in England and Newcastle. Can the sustainable safety principles be adopted at the local level without changing the current national status quo? Be prepared for a controversial workshop!

2. Developing urban strategic cycling routes

• Marjolein de Lange – Dutch Cycling Embassy
• Bill Dodds – Newcastle Cycling Forum

Dutch cities with a high cycling modal share have an extensive cycling network with cycleways linking key destinations and offering direct, convenient, safe and pleasant routes for people on bikes. In Newcastle, but also other parts of the North East, strategic cycle routes are being developed. Bill Dodds from the Newcastle cycling forum will present the approach taken in Newcastle to establish 7 radial routes from neighbourhoods to the city centre. This involved scoping out routes and retrofitting cycling infrastructure in the road network through design and consultation. Marjolein De lange from the Dutch Cycling Embassy will talk about the Dutch experience in developing similar routes in cities, their impact in modal share and the lessons learned. She will highlight the key aspects that need to be taken into account, what works best and how to address potential obstacles throughout the development and implementation process. A relevant case study will be presented.

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3. Liveable neighbourhoods – Home Zones and DIY Streets

• Steven Schepel – MENSenSTRAAT
• Paul Ruffles – Sustrans 4. Planning new developments – think people, think bicycle

Home Zones, also known as woonerf, originated in the Netherlands in the 1970s. They aim to create a safe build environment for residents and counteract the traditional domination by motorised traffic by creating streets and roads where walking and cycling are made easy, resulting in greater social cohesion and a higher quality of life. This concept, piloted in the UK in early 2000s, is being re-visited by Sustrans through their “DIY streets” toolkit which actively involves local people in re-designing their streets and communities.
The workshop will bring together Steven Schepel, a Dutch homezone expert and Paul Ruffles, a Sustrans officer from Scotland with hands-on experience in developing liveable neighbourhoods. Whereas Stephen will focus more on showing the range of designs that can be used at neighbourhood level, Paul will talk about community engagement at street level, They will also document how such changes have had a positive impact on local shops and retailers and support the local economy. There will be a discussion on how the 20mph local neighbourhoods in Newcastle can reach the next level of liveability through such approaches.

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4. Planning new developments – think people, think bicycle

• Bas Govers – Goudappel
• Neil Murphy – Beyond Green

Across the North East, new neighbourhoods are being built to accommodate housing demand. This represents a great opportunity to embed cycling infrastructure from the start and provide an environment conducive to everyday walking and cycling. Neil Murphy from Beyond Green will present case studies from England showing how early thinking is important as part of the development process. Bas Govers from Goudappel will outline the Dutch approach and present a typical new development in the Netherlands with extensive cycling and pedestrian facilities and how it links up to the wider urban cycling network, maintaining and enhancing levels of everyday cycling.
A discussion about what incentives but also obstacles exist in the planning system to ensure that cycling infrastructure and facilities are fully embedded in plans, resourced and translated into quality infrastructure.

5. Cycling for Health

• Lucy Saunders – Greater London Authority, Transport for London.
• Dr Tim Townshend – Newcastle University

This masterclass on public health and cycling will highlight the importance of active travel in delivering public health outcomes and generating savings and wider economic benefits. Lucy Saunders, a public health expert, currently working for Transport for London, will present the recent NICE guidance on walking and cycling. Key recommendations include measures needed to tackle the wider influences on walking and cycling such as the reallocation of road space to create a more supportive environment. Tim Townshend (Newcastle University) will then show how to re-design environments to support cycling and how this is linked to the provision of greenspace to encourage healthy living. The workshop will have a focus on preventing obesity, a major issue in the North East.


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