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Cycling Scotland delivers a range of programmes to help anyone, anywhere to get cycling and to enjoy all the benefits this has to offer.
 



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Cycling Scotland is a recognised Scottish Charity SC029760


May 2021

Conference agenda - priority for recovery

The importance of active and sustainable travel

The full agenda for the 2021 National Active Travel conference has been unveiled, with inspiring keynotes and stimulating debates supported by presentations from projects around the country.  All address the conference theme for 2021: “Priority for recovery – the importance of active and sustainable travel.”  As in previous years’ live events, the virtual conference will be hosted by broadcaster Dougie Vipond.Distinguished academic Dr Paul Kelly will deliver the keynote address in the morning of the conference.  A lecturer in physical activity for health at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Kelly researches and writes widely on the subjects of evaluating initiatives aimed at increasing physical activity, and the measurement of health behaviours.  He'll be addressing the conference on issues such as behaviour change, campaigning communications and challenging different views.

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The line-up of virtual exhibitors has also been revealed.  Nine organisations will be staging virtual exhibition booths rich in content, and conference-goers are urged to visit the booths, engage in real-time networking to learn about great innovations from the sector’s supply chain.

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Tickets for the online conference are £25 + VAT + £30.00

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May 2021

National Active Travel Conference 2021

Pre-conference comment from Paths for All

Stuart Douglas, Smarter Choices Smarter Places Manager at Paths for All, writes

“Lockdown has brought with it many challenges to the sector. Local and national government have focussed their attention and efforts on dealing with Covid, rather than building their response to Climate Change and prioritising sustainable travel. This priority has been replicated in the third sector with agencies focussing their activities on supporting the most vulnerable and ensuring key workers can travel to work safely. So collectively the momentum that had been generated in previous years has been paused and we need to reignite the passion and commitment that may have been lost.    The seismic reduction in use of public transport has accelerated a worrying decline in patronage that will take a concerted effort to reverse. It was a big task to get people out of their cars and onto public transport before lockdown, it is an even bigger ask now.  Embedding the changed behaviours that have seen more people walking and cycling than ever before has to be a priority. Building on the momentum of people experiencing their local community as a pedestrian or a cyclist so it becomes everyday behaviour, not just something that is done during a pandemic. Lockdown has created a new audience of people who have experienced the benefits of quieter streets, improved physical health and living without the need for a car. 

There is real hope that embedding home-working as a norm will reduce car use. If people do not need  a car to commute, there is a real potential that they will question the need to have one at all. There is a whole new audience of people that are on the cusp of changing their regular travel behaviours. The sector needs to make sure it is communicating with this new group of people, helping them to keep up their new behaviours.

Paths for All has continued working with local communities throughout the pandemic. We will build on this work across all our workstreams. There is a resurgence in Health Walks across Scotland as people want to carry on their new found love of walking. Enhanced awareness of local greenspace will result in more community groups taking responsibility to improve their local path networks. Our Step Count Challenge is a great motivator to keep people walking rather than slipping into sedentary activity.

Our communication activity will inspire and motivate individuals and agencies to keep walking. Our Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme has expanded, with an additional £500,000 available in open grants and we are looking to reach newer and more diverse projects the length and breadth of Scotland. We will be promoting good practice and celebrating successes through the year, demonstrating that walking and wheeling is something that everyone can do every day, everywhere.”  

 

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