Bristol - 16 October

'Love Cycling, Go Dutch' Bristol Conference on Cycling
Dutch cycling experts are teaming up with their British counterparts in South West England to see how the Dutch cycling experience can boost the South West’s cycle network and increase safety and public support for cycling. In a one day conference (the first in a series of four) in Bristol on 16 October, cycling experts, urban planners and politicians will exchange views in both practical workshops and more wide-ranging seminars.
A select group of British stakeholders will also redesign a junction according to Dutch design principles.
The hashtag for this event will be #GoDutchConf.
Follow the links below for more information.


Background Information

Who is attenting?

Presentation Speakers



9.00-9.30     Registration/coffee & tea        

9.30     Welcome
Speaker: Jan van Weijen, Head Public Diplomacy, Press and Culture, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

9.40-9.50    Keynote
Speaker:    Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive Sustrans

9.50-10.15    Cycling Culture        
Speakers:     Jaap Modder, chairman region Arnhem, Nijmegen

10.15-10.45    How cycling is good for business    
Speaker:    Gerben Meijering, SOAB

10.45-11.15    Q&A    
11.15-11.45    Tea/Coffee        
11.45-12.45    Workshop sessions I*
20s plenty UK progress and history of 30 kph in Netherlands              
Rod King, 20s Plenty coordinator
Sara Toy, Head of Workplace, Education and Community at Sustrans
Steven Schepel, VVN and I-CE

Principles of designing for the bicycle
John Franklin, Cycling Safety consultant
Tony Russell, Transport Engineering Manager at Sustrans
Wim van der Wijk, Royal Haskoning DHV consultant
Road danger reduction    
Adrian Davis, Public health and transport consultant, NHS Bristol
Marjolein de Lange, consultant Dutch Cycling embassy

Liveable City    
Stephen Hewitt, Specialist Professional Planner
(Health Improvement) at Bristol City Council
Peter Lipman, Director of Projects and Innovation at Sustrans
Jaap Modder, chairman region Arnhem, Nijmegen

12.45-13.45     Lunch
13.45-14.45    Workshop sessions II*
Same workshops as session I

14.45-15.15     Tea/Coffee      
15.15-16.15    Panel   
Wim van der Wijk, Gerben Meijering, Steven Schepel, Stephen Hewitt, Marjolein de Lange, Jaap Modder, Peter Lipman
•    What are the impediments for better cycling in UK towns and cities?    
•    How to raise design standards at a local level?    
•    Cycling a standalone policy or inclusive policies    

16.15-17.15    Reception    

Background Information

The ‘Love Cycling, Go Dutch’ Conference is the first in a series of four ‘Love Cycling, Go Dutch’ conferences. This series has been organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with London Cycling Campaign, Royal HaskoningDHV, Cycle Nation, the Dutch Cycling Embassy, Transport for London, Bristol City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Manchester City Council, Sustrans, Cycling Scotland and Transport Scotland.

The original ‘Love London, Go Dutch’ was the London Cycling Campaign’s successful 2012 election campaign, supported by the Dutch Embassy. This campaign saw all five leading mayoral candidates, including current Mayor Boris Johnson, commit to implementing Dutch-style infrastructure across Greater London. Find out more at London Cycling Campaign’s site.

Attendance for all conferences is by invitation only.

Who is attending?

Leading Dutch and UK experts and politicians in the fields of cycling and urban planning will be presenting their ideas, including: Rod King, 20s plenty coordinator, Ruud van Heugten, Member of provincial Executive for Transport province of Noord-Brabant and Wim van der Wijk, traffic engineer Royal HaskoningDHV.

The conference seminars will show how Dutch politicians and planners have succeeded in encouraging more people to travel around cities on their bikes and consider how this can be achieved in London.

About 100 delegates will be attending each complimentary conference including representatives from city cycling groups, environmental organisations, transport planners and local borough councillors.

Presentations Speakers

Please click on the links below to download most of the day's presentations and speeches: