Cycling academics and advocates to compare notes in Newcastle

A one-day conference bringing together researchers and riders is to be staged at Northumbria University in Newcastle on Saturday 14th November. Academia & Advocacy is part of the national ESRC Festival of Social Science and has been organised by Dr Seraphim Alvanides, with support from local advocacy group, Newcycling.

Transport journalist Christian Wolmar, a former member of Cycling England and who recently campaigned to become Labour’s candidate for London mayor, will be speaking at the conference. He said: “We must move on the transport debate, nationally and locally, and with urgency too.”

He added: “Campaigners are independent advisors and informants and are often at the dark and dusty coalface and in the frontline of public debate. Academia can give support through their research, evidence collection and by working with media. Campaigning for the inclusion of cycling in urban design is a matter close to my heart. Ultimately, building-in space for cycling will make our society better, fairer, healthier and happier.”

The conference keynote will be delivered by Rachel Aldred of the University of Westminster. Dr. Aldred is currently working on a follow-up to the Near-Miss Project.

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Morning session: Developing the message on inclusive cycling

11:30 Welcome: Seraphim Alvanides

11:40 Keynote: Rachel Aldred
12:00 Geoff Vigar Panellist 1 (academic) “Where are we at in academia with cycling. What do we know?”
12:20 Kevin Hickman Panellist 2 (advocacy) “What does designing for inclusive cycling mean?”

12:40 Panel discussion with audience chaired by Christian Wolmar

13:15 LUNCH (provided) and screening Beauty and the Bike (short version)

Afternoon session: A voice for cycling

14:00 Summary of panel discussion (incl actions, needs, future planning) Christian Wolmar

14:15 Sally Hinchcliffe Speaker 1 (advocacy) “How cycle bloggers shifted mountains”
14:30 Rachel Aldred Speaker 2 (academic) “Gaps in research and evidence – what don’t we know?”
14:45 Claire Prospert Speaker 3 (advocacy) “newcycling – a focussed campaign”

15:00 Breakout on gathering reactions, views and opinions, informed by speakers and panellists
16:00 Summary of workshops – how can academia and advocacy work together for a common goal? TBC
16:30 Conclusion of event, outline of possible next steps Katja Leyendecker

16:45 END

Academia & Advocacy is a free event and registration is now open.

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