Cyclenation Conference

Family cycling in the Netherlands
Saturday, November 24, 2018 - 10:00 to 17:30

This year's Cyclenation Conference will be held at the Birmingham & Midland Institute (9 Margaret Street, B3 3BS). 

The Eventbrite page for the conference is here:

Cost: £10 (Free entry for under-18s) - You can pay through EventBrite, or you can choose to pay on the day. There are concessionary tickets available - contact us for details.

This conference is child-friendly - We don't expect our meetings to be quiet and staid, and although the meetings might not hold childen's attention for very long, we'll provide some activities for them to do while you take part (the activities will be in the reception area as you come in - please give back pens etc. afterwards or we'll run out!). We don't plan to have a creche - feel free to take your children with you into the meetings. We'll provide a comfortable space for breast-feeding, and there'll be chairs at the back of the main hall for teenagers to lounge around. Feel free to dip in and out of the conference as you like to fit in with your child's needs.

We'll also want to hear your children's views on some of the things we're discussing - we'll say more on that in those sessions.

Draft conference schedule:

10:00am - Registration & refreshments

10:30am - Welcome and panel discussion: Everyone is a campaigner.

Facilitator - Catherine Watton.

11:20am - 11:30am - Introductions to the workshops

11:30am - 11:40am - Short break

Workshop sessions, with a lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. There will be several rooms for the workshops, so each workshop will take place twice:

11:40am - 12:30pm / (lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:30pm) / 1:30pm - 2:20pm / 2:30pm - 3:20pm / 3:40pm - 4:30pm

Workshop titles & speakers:

(1) Jonathan Fingland, Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign - Manchester's Beelines - What are they and what lessons can we learn from them?

(2) Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK - Media engagement for cycle campaigners.

(3) Kevin Hickman, Wheels for Wellbeing - Inclusive Cycle Design Guidance.

(4) Dave Clasby, Sustrans - The next steps for the National Cycle Network (engagement workshop)

(5) Chris Lowe (facilitator), Push Bikes - Working with councillors & officers - common mistakes and how to avoid them (We will have some officers & councillors in the meeting to take part in the discussion)

(6) Catherine Watton - Taking back our streets from the car; Lessons from Waltham Forest about what works for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?

(7) Chris Kenyon, Labour Cycles - Working with political parties; Lessons from Labour Cycles (once only).

(8) Donnachadh McCarthy - Direct action and cycle campaigning.

(9) Chris Kenyon, CyclingWorks - Harnessing business support for cycling (once only).

4:30pm - 4:40pm - Short break

4:40pm - 5:30pm - Final plenary talks & Closing remarks

National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist: Donnachadh McCarthy, Stop Killing Cyclists

How do we campaign for funding for cycling?: Duncan Dollimore, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, Cycling UK

5:30pm - Close


Infrastructure Safari - Birmingham's cycle superhighway: A38 Birmingham city centre to Selly Oak route.

This will happen twice: 11:30am to 12:30pm; 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Led by: Robert Latham, Push Bikes.

There are Brompton Hire bikes in Birmingham (details here). Unfortunately, Birmingham's cycle hire scheme has been delayed until the new year. We won't be providing bikes to borrow, so please arrange a bicycle beforehand.




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