On Wednesday, the third of six parliamentary evidence gathering sessions will hear from experts on cyclist-friendly infrastructure. A report for the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ inquiry will be produced by Professor Phil Goodwin and launched at the first Cycle City end on 25th April.
Cycle City is a new two-day conference and exhibition to be staged in Birmingham, 25-27th April, linking in with a city centre Festival of Cycling organised by Birmingham City Council. The expo has been created by Landor Links, the publisher of Local Transport Today and a number of other transport trade journals. The show manager is Rory McMullan, a bike industry veteran who has worked for Giant and other bicycle companies as well as the Association of Commuter Transport. In 2009 he wrote ‘Cycling to Work: A beginner’s guide’ for Green Books Guides.
Cycle City is aimed at transport practitioners, bicycle companies, policy makers, local and central government officials and others who are working to transform cycle use in UK towns and cities. The focus of the event will be utility cycling.
McMullan said: "The aim of the expo is for the people in government, large and small employers, business, schools, the police, the NHS, third sector, consultancies, suppliers and public health bodies involved in designing infrastructure and promotion of cycling, to discuss and develop strategies to get more people cycling, more safely, in British cities."
Cycling in cities is booming. In Cambridge, the census reveals that 32 percent of those who travel to work do so by bicycle, up from 28 percent ten years previously.
In Hackney, 65 percent of households are now car-free, up from 56 percent in 2001, and Westminster has seen a 6 percent rise, with 63 percent of households car-free and 56 percent of Kensington and Chelsea households are now living car-free.
Cycle City will have workshops and talks delivered by experts, including BikeBiz executive editor Carlton Reid.
On 25th April Cycle City will host a launch for Professor Phil Goodwin’s wrap-up report of the Get Britain Cycling parliamentary inquiry into cycling. Norman Baker, minister responsible for cycling, will be at the launch.
Speakers at the second day of the event include Professor John Whitelegg who will talk on the lessons from 30 years of promoting cycling in UK. There will also be talks from TfL, the Dutch Cycling Embassy and a presentation from campaign group Cycle Shrewsbury on how to attract more women to cycling. BikeBiz executive editor Carlton Reid will lead a workshop on how to normalise cycling.