Lucy Marstrand to speak at Road Safety Conference

Lucy Marstrand to speak at Road Safety Conference

The National Road Safety Conference is a massive organised event that represents various local authorities and their road safety teams. Celebrating its tenth year, the popularity of this event has risen steadily and now, with over three hundred professionals of the industry set to attend, this year will be the biggest yet. Expected to attend are a wide range of supporting organisations, including police forces, fire departments and government sectors, both from the UK and abroad.

The topic of this year’s conference is how to reduce casualties while combating a dwindling supply of resources and a constrained budget. The main event will revolve around the four E’s (Enforcement, education, engineering and evidence) and how they can be implemented in Road Safety. This year’s event has a focus on cycling, with a series of presentations covering cycling-related topics: cycling towns and cities, cycle hire schemes, e-bikes, cycling infrastructure, anti-social cycling, cycling for work (deliveries etc) and cycle training initiatives.

Our Healthy Streets Adviser, Lucy Marstrand, will be presenting as part of the ‘Focus on Cycling’. She will discuss her research into how topics including road safety, walking and cycling are approached in UK transport practice and higher education. Analysis indicates that skills pertaining to designing for the car and ‘road safety’ are held in higher regard than skills relating to walking, cycling or urban design among the current generation of transport practitioners in local authorities. A review of transport curricula in higher education finds ‘road safety’ was invariably covered in engineering modules, but often it seems to be studied in isolation from the critical issue of designing for more pedestrian and cycle traffic. Critiquing the status quo, critiquing the car and visioning was stronger in planning-focussed transport MScs than those rooted in engineering. Lucy will discuss the possible impacts of this on what gets built.

We are delighted to support Lucy in her endeavour and hope she becomes a regular feature of the conference. This event is to be held from the 27th to the 28th of November at The Grand in Brighton.