Learning from London

How active travel can drive lockdown recovery

A free webinar exploring how active travel can drive lockdown recovery brought to you by Bicycle Network and VicHealth.

Thank you for joining us

A big thank you to all who attended the webinar on 12 August 2020, it was great to see so many people tune in. We hope the success of in London has inspired you to continue striving for a #betternormal.

An extra thank you our speakers for sharing their insightful experience and the wonderful work they are doing to make the world a better place.

If you missed the webinar you can watch the full webinar here.

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Order of Speakers:

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Melissa Cazzato (Transport for London) – 03:50

Fran Graham (London Cycling Campaign) – 12:20

Brian Deegan (Urban Movement) – 26:44

Tactical Urbanistas – 42:25

Stuart Outhred (RACV) – 55:40

Q&A – 01:05:41

Event details:

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to show that with will, persistence and resources, positive change that supports people to walk and cycle can happen fast.

There are countless global examples which show that the light-touch, rapid roll out active travel infrastructure can help communities cope with lockdown measures effectively while safely adhering to physical distancing measures. It’s also proven effective in stimulating the economy and creating jobs. 

Brought to you by Bicycle Network and VicHealth, this webinar ‘Learning from London: How active travel can drive lockdown recovery’ hears from experts on learnings from the London context showing what’s possible and what to avoid while inspiring an appetite for change locally. 

Meet the speakers

Melissa Cazzato (Transport for London)

Melissa Cazzato is a Lead Sponsor at Transport for London (TfL) who has been heavily involved in shaping the Streetspace for London Plan, which has delivered rapid, light touch and covid-responsive infrastructure across the capital. Mel has over 10 years’ experience working on Active Travel projects within TfL, at a London borough and Sub-Regional Partnership.

Fran Graham (London Cycling Campaign)

Fran has experience campaigning on issues from air pollution to food and farming. Her passion for sustainable transport led her to London Cycling Campaign, where she now works as Campaign Coordinator. Fran specialises in supporting and engaging activism networks alongside managing major projects such as the Climate Safe Streets campaign.

Brian Deegan (Urban Movement)

Brian is one of the UK’s leading street design engineers and was co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards. With a background in engineering, Brain has also led high-profile policy and planning projects. He helped develop Transport for London’s Healthy Street Check, a key tool in designing for ‘Healthy Streets’, and helped ensure the design quality of all projects associated with the London Mayor’s £1B Cycling and Healthy Streets program ​

You can read more about him and his work here.

Tactical Urbaistas

Tactical Urbanistas was established in April in response to London’s lockdown, by an all-female creative collective, hoping to address the slow pace of change on active transport and public realm improvements. Since then, they have widened pavements, created renegade protected cycleways, and brightened up a number of local council TfL’s interventions with coloured paint and chalk.

Read more about their work here. 

Stuart Outhred (RACV)

Stuart Outhred is a Senior Planner – Mobility Futures (Public Policy and Corporate Affairs) at RACV. Stuart is an urban planner with a keen interest in how cities function and the health of the people that live in them, and has experience working in Melbourne, Perth, and London. With RACV’s Mobility Futures public policy team, Stuart is looking into how Victoria is changing, and how our world-leading liveability can be enhanced.

Topics covered in the webinar:

  • UK Government’s £2B Walking and Cycling investment
  • The role of Government as an active transport enabler
  • ‘Stopping the tide’ – advocacy campaigns against mode shift to private vehicles
  • Light-touch, rapid roll out initiatives – low traffic neighbourhoods, school streets, parklets, protected cycleways and footpath widening
  • Economic benefits of supporting active travel – high street recovery
  • Sustrans’ Space to Move map

Each panelist speaks for approximately 10 minutes with a Q&A at the end. 

London separated bicycle lanes

Image source from @SustransLondon on Twitter

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