London - 18 October

'Love London, Go Dutch' Conference on Cycling
Dutch cycling experts are teaming up with their British counterparts in London to see how the Dutch cycling experience can boost London’s cycle network and increase safety and public support for cycling. In a one day conference (the second in a series of four) in London on 18 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.
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Venue and Travel

Background Information

Who is attenting?

Presentations Speakers



9:30-09:50     Registration and coffee

Welcome address
Ambassador Laetitia van den Assum
Opening address       
Mr Philip Darnton
10:00 - 10:10 
Love London, Go Dutch: an Unprecedented Campaign and an Unprecedented Political Commitment 
Dr Ashok Sinha
10:10 - 10:30 
How cycling became a top political priority in the Netherlands
Ms Jeanine van Pinxteren
Making London the World's most cycling friendly city
Mr Ben Plowdon
10:50 -11:00 
Keynote address
Rt Hon Norman Baker, MP
Q&A Session
11:15 - 11:30  COFEE BREAK
11:30 -11:50  
Love London, Go Dutch Workshop/Junction Redesign Outcomes
Ms Marjolein Delange
11:50 - 12:10 
Benefits for businesses of a cycle friendly city       
Mr Rob de Vree
12:10 - 12:30 
Behavior change, traffic evaporation and modal shift  
Mr Wim van der Wijk
12:30 - 12:50 
A London Success story
Mr Feryal Demirci
12:50 - 13:00 
Q&A Session
13:00 - 14:00   LUNCH
Learning from the Dutch Experience

14:00 -14:50  
Parallel session 1. Applying Dutch design to London roads
The 'Love London Go Dutch' Cycle Workshop team:
Dr Ashok Sinha
Mr Wim van der Wijk
Ms Marjolein de Lange

14:00 -14:50
Parallel session 2. Bicycle parking and engaging business
UK - Mr Alex Sulley
Mr Ron Bissels (Velopa)
Ms Ineke Spapé (Dutch Traffic Academy)

14:50 - 15:00   COFFEE BREAK

Learning from the Dutch Experience

15:00 - 15:45 
Parallel session 3. Reducing road danger and sustainable safety 
Chair - Mr Ken Spence
Dutch - Mr Roelof Wittink
UK - Mr Charlie Lloyd
15:00 - 15:45
Parallel session 2. Integrating cycling with rail/public transport
Chair - Mr Tom Bogdanowicz
Dutch - Mr Kaj Mook (Abellio)
UK - Mr John Dales (Urban Initiatives)

Questions arising from the Workshops
Chair - Mr Philip Darnton
Mr Wim van der Wijk (RH-DHV)
Mr Roelof Wittink (Dutch Cycling E'bssy)

Mr Alex Sulley (Transport Initiatives)
Mr Kaj Mook (Abellio)
Mr Ron Bissels (Velopa)

16:30 - 17:00   Networking and drinks

Venue and Travel


The Love London, Go Dutch Conference will take place on Thursday 18 October, from 9.30am-5pm at Church House Conference Centre in Dean’s Yard, Westminster, London.
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Background Information

The ‘Love London, Go Dutch’ Conference is the second 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, CycleScotland and Transport Scotland.

‘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: Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Transport, Ben Plowdon, TfL Director of integrated programme delivery, Ashok Sinha, director of London Cycling Campaign and Jeanine van Pinxteren, Amsterdam city councillor responsible for cycling.

Chaired by Philip Darnton, former chairman of Cycling England and board member for Challenge for Change, 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 London borough councillors.

Presentations Speakers

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