Cycle city expo Leeds 1 – 2 May 2014

Below you will find some “scribbled notes from the back of the room” from Ian Philip on the recent Cycle City Expo in Leeds – a highlight for the British Cycling Community. In fact this provides and excellent snap shot of some of the sessions (ed – word’s below are Ian’s).  Image

Application of international good practice:

First presentation was the European Cycling Federation barometer and second presentation on a  soon to be released report commissioned by TFL team led by John Dales of Urban Movement and Phil Jones of Phil Jones Associates to study infrastructure in cities that already have high cycling levels, have experienced recent growth in cycling or have adopted approaches to encouraging cycling.

Visions of cycling in the city

What would cycling look like in the future?  What do you want it to look like.  The introduction was from Miles Tight on the visions 2030 project (see doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.03.011).  Two of us from TGRG spoke: Robin Lovelace on work to unpick the National Transport Model and its forecasts of cycle mode share and Ian Philips  – a brief view of results of modelling who could get to work by walking and cycling if there was no fuel for motorised transport.  This workshop session also got participants involved in a brief visioning exercise run by Ann Jopson of Institute for Transport Studies Leeds and Lizzie Reather of Leeds Cycling Campaign.

Modelling and appraisal of cycling

A message from this session was that despite political barriers by some of their political masters modellers in general want greater interaction with cycling groups to fill the ‘data gap’.  Yaron Hollander of TfL was keen to argue that modellers and those using appraisal tools are receptive to the benefits of cycling and identified these areas which will aid cycle scheme appraisal:

  • Which mode do people shift from when they go to cycling
  • How do we get time saving data for cycling?
  • Benefits from different types of cycling are different – how can we quantify this?
  • Better quantification of road space required by cyclists
  • When do people stop cycling  – if people change when an intervention happens then when do they stop or do they become permanent cyclists?
  • Claimed benefits of cycling may include double counting – how do we get the data right?

Cycle logistics session:

Gavin wood CTC – spoke on potential for delivery by bike in urban centres as part of the project.  The headline estimate is 25% of short or last mile urban goods trips could be converted to bike.

Reasons for mainstreaming cargo bike usage in cities include:  13% of global CO2 emissions from logistics, changing urban landscapes, the need for liveable streets – taking vehicles off narrow streets brings safety, congestion and pollution benefits. There are benefits for logistics companies such as speed and efficiency in crowded city centres, access to car free zones and reduction in parking tickets.  There were case studies from Outspoken delivery   (Cambridge) and Last mile Leeds  including different potential models of distribution hubs and consolidation centres from purpose built edge of town hubs to using existing underused warehouse space or flexible self-storage units as a base for start ups.

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