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Next steps for active travel in England - developing Active Travel England, strategic implementation, partnerships, investment and channelling funding, infrastructure, public engagement and best practice

June 2023

Price: £150 PLUS VAT

This conference brought together stakeholders and policymakers to examine priorities and next steps for active travel in England.

Delegates looked at the implementation of the DfT’s Second Cycling, Walking & Investment Strategy (CWIS2) so far and how its key ambitions for active travel can be met, including the doubling of cycling activity and increasing the percentage of children who walk to school by 2025, alongside increasing walking activity in the wider population.

Following the establishment of the Active Travel England executive agency, it was also a timely opportunity to assess the progress that the new body is making, and how the agency can utilise future funding and establish effective partnerships with wider stakeholders amidst UK-wide efforts to decarbonise.

Overall, sessions in the agenda included:

  • Active Travel England: progress and priorities for fulfilling its role - supporting change - channelling funding - maintaining standards - providing guidance to stakeholders
  • achieving ambitions for CWIS2: partnership strategies - public messaging - generating investment - tackling funding disparities - building the evidence base - monitoring outcomes
  • implementation: collaborative structures - targeting support and infrastructure development in urban and rural communities - maximising impact on decarbonisation, wellbeing and public health
  • case study: building a culture of active travel in major urban areas - developing the infrastructure required to support its growth
  • policy: priorities for supporting active travel into the future

The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who attended from DAERA, NI; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; DfE; DESNZ; Department for Infrastructure, NI; DfT; Department of Finance, NI; DHSC; Forestry Commission; House of Commons Library; Isle of Man Government; Transport Scotland; and the Welsh Government.

This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda