Information about the North West Active Travel Network

Our Aims


  • To exchange expertise and ideas among local authorities and other interested parties
  • To organise occasional seminars and develop other means of information exchange
  • To help establish working relationships between Government, local authorities, and activists.



Active Travel Seminars in the North West of England

The series of North West Cycling Planning Seminars started in 1999. The seminars were intended primarily for local authority officers. They were run by Cycling Projects, and were supported by the Government Office for the North West. As the work of the Government Office was reduced, so was its support.

There have been eleven seminars in all, with the later ones attracting a small but increasing number of activists. The last three seminars were also called Regional Seminars in Active Travel, and encompassed walking as well as cycling.

Several local authorities have hosted the seminars. Themes have included: cycle forums, help from cyclists, local transport plans (twice), lessons from the cycling towns, and junction design.

The North West Active Travel Network (formed in 2011) is continuing the series, calling the seminars Regional Seminars in Active Travel. It is intended to continue having speakers mainly from local authorities, with some from national bodies and some activists.





Latest Information


Fourth Regional Seminar on Active Travel

"National and local models in active travel"

was held at Manchester Town Hall on 24 April 2014

Keynote speaker: Professor John Ashton,
President of the Faculty of Public Health

Other presentations were from
local authorities and stakeholders in active travel.

Workshops were also held.

Powerpoint presentations and workshop reports are now available: Click here




Previous Seminar:

Held at County Hall in Preston on 14 March 2013.

"Shifting the Balance to Walking and Cycling: Innovations in the North West"

Programme themes:
  • the implementation of 20 mph speed limits
  • projects supported by the LSTF
  • shared-space projects

Powerpoint presentations are available: Click here



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