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2023 Programme

If you would like to present a paper, chair a session or speak at Walking + Cycling Innovations 2023, please contact Juliana O'Rourke.

Please note the the programme remains in development


Registration open - Tea & Coffee served in the Pioneer Room exhibition area


The Pendulum Suite

Getting serious about walking

Welcome from Richard Nickson, Programme Director, Active Travel, Transport for Greater Manchester


Chair: Stephen Edwards, CEO, Living Streets


Jim Walker, Founder, Walk 21

Brian Deegan, Head of Inspection, Active Travel England

Daniel Raven-Ellison, Founder and CEO, Slow Ways

Kris Beuret, Research Lead, Temple & Social Research Associates

Followed by Q and A


Morning break: Tea & Coffee served in the Pioneer Room exhibition area


The Pendulum Suite

Planning for activity

Chair: Claire Stocks, independent consultant  supporting GM's Active Travel Commissioner 


Active design: planning for health

Pauline Shearer and Christopher Carroll, Planning Managers, Sport England

Applying connected cycling sensor data for cycling infrastructure design and maintenance: an international perspective

Irene McAleese  Co-founder & CSO, See.Sense

Locking in active travel

Katherine Jacob, London Manager, Living Streets

Improved active travel infrastructure – reducing entitlement to free school transport

Liz Davidson, Chief Marketing Officer, QRoutes

Creating innovative walking and cycling spaces: rural vs urban cityscapes

Hardeep Dhand, Associate, and Niccolo Conti, Principal Engineer, Project Centre


Followed by Q and A

Cotton Theatre

Technology, data and toolkits

Chair: Ann Mulhaney, 

Centre for Digital Innovation (CDI), Manchester


Innovation in Active Mode Appraisal – Programme Entry Appraisal Tool (PEAT)

Rachel Beesley, Senior Transport Planner (Appraisal) at Transport for Greater Manchester

Essex Pedal Power: Use of GPS sensors to inform infrastructure planning and behaviour change

Bernardo Russo, Evaluation Researcher and Sarah Jakobson, Sustainable Travel Planning Officer, Essex County Council


Greater Manchester’s data-driven active travel mission: how to audit a city region’s walking and cycling network

Florian Langstraat, Principal Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald & Dominic Smith, Active Travel Network Development and Design Assurance Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester

Supporting safer cycling and walking with innovative AI technology 

Charlie Richards-Gladstone, Strategic Partner Lead, VivaCity 

uMove: the future of active travel with AI

Iona Chandler, Partnership Manager, and Simon Tricker, Co-Founder, Urban Tide

Citizen Science: better for biking

Will Caiger, Head of Projects,

Love to Ride

Followed by Q and A

Graphene Suite

What local Councillors need to know 

Led by Oliver Davey, Co-Founder + Head of Design Engineering, Urban Movement

This session will explore how to turn ambitious policy into action, overcoming:

  • failure to communicate the importance of plans to nervous councillors

  • unconvinced colleagues

  • a sceptical public




Councillor Rowena Champion, Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality & Transport, LB Islington

Councillor James Gleave, Flitwick Town Council

Councillor Mike McCusker,

Lead Member for Planning, Transport and Sustainable Development, Salford City Council

Councillor Mandie Shilton Godwin, Chair – Environment, Climate Change and Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee, Manchester City Council

Followed by Q and A


Lunch served in the Pioneer Room exhibition area


The Pendulum Suite

Encouraging bicycle use

What the public and private sectors can – and should – do....

Facilitator: Chris Leakey, Managing Director,  Manchester Bikes

Julian Scriven, Managing Director, Brompton Bike Hire


Stephen Crick, Account Manager, Green Commute Initiative


Tim Hammond, Co Founder, Bike Flex

Jeyda Heselton, Co-Founder, fettle

Phillip Ellis, Co-Founder  & CEO, Beryl

Followed by Q and A

Cotton Theatre

Design and infrastructure

Chair: Hayley Fails, Head of Infrastructure & Environment, Manchester City Council


HS2 active travel planning

Hassan Mohamed, Active Travel Lead, HS2

Using drones and artificial intelligence to assess the effect of the CYCLOPS junction design in Greater Manchester 

Anne Clarke, Cycling & Walking Evaluation Officer, Transport for Greater ManchesterDavid Pain, Founder & Asset Digitisation Specialist , SVL Services; & Dave Stevens, Active Travel Project Manager, Transport for Greater Manchester 

Pedestrian detection and metrics and their use in the optimisation of signalised crossings

Andrew Caleya Chetty, CEO, Starling Technologies


Designing inclusive & accessible cycle parking

Kay Inckle, Campaigns  & Policy Manager, Wheels for Wellbeing


Resolving the conflict between bike lanes and bus stops

Diego Dávila Graf, International Market Development, Pittman

Alternative cycle gates

Ashley Newnham, Principal Engineer, WSP

Followed by Q and A

Graphene Suite


Chair: Lamprini Papafoti, 
Senior Future Mobility Developer – Behaviour Change, Transport for West Midlands

Supercharging micro-mobility in Camden: innovative approaches to a new form of city transport

Sam Margolis, Head of Transport Strategy and Projects, London Borough of Camden 

Greater integration of micromobility into the transport network

Alex Bertram, Senior Consultant, AECOM

The future of e-scooters

Patrick Donnelly, Head of Policy, Beryl

Followed by Q and A

Communicating with citizens and stakeholders

Securing buy-in for improved walking networks

Brett Little , UK People Movement Lead, Arup

How could you put me in that position? Balancing the complexity of actual and perceived safety for passengers

Marc Winsland, Business Development Manager, Passenger

Followed by Q and A


Afternoon break: Tea & Coffee served in the Pioneer Room exhibition area


The Pendulum Suite

Active travel: achieving public priorities – a panel discussiom

Chair: Rosslyn Colderley, Director, England North, Sustrans


Ben Plowden, Chair, Transport Planning Society

Philip Amaral, Director of Policy and Development, European Cyclists' Federation

Phillip Ellis, Co-Founder  & CEO, Beryl

Followed by Q and A


Event Close

Published programme subject to change


14 November 2023
Manchester Conference Centre

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