October 2018 Seminar


The North West Active Travel Network runs occasional seminars and site visits at minimum cost to share good practice in promoting walking and cycling around the region.

Wednesday 10 October 2018 

Manchester Cathedral Visitor Centre:

Better Town Centres, by bike or foot

Our focus will be access to and within our typical towns  rather than major cities
Inner ring roads can be intimidating for pedestrians, acting as a barrier to walking into town centres from neighbouring areas. One-way streets and limited access discourage cycling into such centres. Parking on pavements means that people with pushchairs, wheelchairs or mobility scooters often are forced to  use the carriageway. It can be difficult to find solutions that suit everyone. Improving access to town centres by bike and foot is one way of reconnecting them to their surrounding areas and ensuring their survival.  

Standard price £50 (£30 reduced rate)

Lunch and refreshments included

Speakers include:

  • Brian Deegan: Urban Movement: Talk on the Manchester Cycling and Walking plans and relevance to towns within Greater Manchester
  • Jess Read, Principal Traffic Engineer, Witteveen + Bos UK
  • Steve Essex, Transport Initiatives
  • Jon Little, Bespoke Transport Consulting: Talk on the Waltham Forest mini-Holland
  • Sue Stevenson, Head of Highways and Transportation, Stockport Council



10:00: Arrival, registration and refreshments

10:30: Welcome, Robin Field (North West Active Travel Network)

10:45: Brian Deegan (Urban Movement) “Manchester Cycling and Walking Plan, with a view in particular to the towns of Greater Manchester”

11:15: Jess Read (Witteveen+Bos UK) “iWalk – innovations in inclusive walking”

11:45: Steve Essex (Transport Initiatives) “Cycle Access to Town Centres”

12:15: Discussion/ Q&A Session

12:45: Lunch

13:45: Jon Little (Bespoke Transport Consulting) “London Mini-Hollands”

14:15: Sue Stevenson (Stockport Council) “Stockport Town Centre: Case Study”

14:45: David Hicks (Integrated Transport Planning): “Enabling active travel for people who experience mobility impairments”

15:15: Discussion/ Q&A Session

15:45:  Closing Remarks, Themes for Future Conferences, Site Visits

16:00: Close


Please join us for interesting talks and discussions on how to improve the town centre environment and improve access to town centres for those choosing to cycle or walk!

Please forward these details to any colleagues you think may also be interested.