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Sustainable Transport in the City: Evening Panel Dicussion

  • Ashfords LLP Tower Wharf, Cheese Ln Bristol BS2 0JJ United Kingdom (map)

The Future Economy Network is delighted to announce we will be welcoming representatives from Sustrans, Bristol City Council & North Somerset Council to discuss sustainable transport in our cities.

Sara Sloman, Principal Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer at North Somerset Council, will present on the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) electric vehicle project funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). There are many changes to come for the West of England region for electric vehicle ownership and GULW can support you or your business prepare for the electric revolution.

Are we travelling in the right direction? Jon Usher, Head of Partnerships at Sustrans will discuss whether the measures set out in the Bristol Transport Strategy and Joint Local Transport Plan will enable a more sustainable travel future. Are the measures an appropriate response to the urgent need to cut carbon emissions by 2030, or are we too car blind tackle the issues head on?

Helen Wigginton, Sustainable Transport Team Leader at Bristol City Council will be discussing "Transport Behaviour Change within Businesses". The Business Engagement Officers at the council can help businesses with travel and transport in Bristol. There is a wealth of support available in Bristol for businesses such as 50% match funded grants to improve sustainable travel along with Electric Vehicle charging point grants. We can also supply businesses with an electric pool bike for short journeys available for 3 to 6 month loans and the bike comes will all necessary accessories and we can organise delivery. We support Active Travel Champions who volunteer within the businesses to promote cycling, walking and public transport travel to friends and colleagues through a package of measures such as emergency cycle repair kit, resources and maps. The Travelwest Roadshow team can visit businesses to engage staff about trying out active and sustainable ways of getting to work and help businesses with a travel to work survey, work with businesses to produce a travel plan, provide resources, staff engagement events, maps and leaflets and much more.

Evening Agenda:

18:00 - 18:30 - Arrival & Drinks

18:30 - 18:40 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

18:40 - 19:00 - Sara Sloman, North Somerset Council

19:00 - 19:20 - Jon Usher, Sustrans

19:20 - 19:40 - Helen Wigginton, Bristol City Council

19:40 - 20:00 - Panel Discussion and Q&A

20:00 - 20:05 - 60 Second Pitches

20:05 - 20:10 - Close

20:10 - 21:00 - Networking & Drinks

Get to know our speakers!

Sara Sloman, Principal Sustainable Travel and Road Safety Officer, North Somerset Council

Sara Sloman has worked in Sustainability and Transport since 2004 in both private consultancy and local authority roles. An advocate of sustainable transport options and “2018 EV Champion” award winner, Sara specialises in behaviour change related projects in a business context. Sara works on capital delivery projects but believes in the importance of putting people’s travel behaviour and needs first. Sara is proud to be leading on the Go Ultra Low West Charging Hub project for North Somerset, which is set to be the first of its kind in the South West. Sara’s passion is being outdoors with her mountain bike and hopes an EV will exist to support that lifestyle in the next few years. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-sloman-4a3b2711/

Jon Usher, Head of Partnerships for the South of England, Sustrans

Jon has worked in the West of England for over 10 years. He is a member of the Bristol Transport Board, the JLTP Advisory Panel and is a non-executive director of Bristol Green Capital Partnership. Jon has led scheme delivery with Bristol City Council during the Cycling City Project, network identification and prioritisation with Bath and North East Somerset Council, and led the Cycling Ambition Programme with Bristol City Council. In 2017 Jon was seconded to the DfT to develop the LCWIP support programme offered to local authorities. Since returning to Sustrans in January 2018, Jon has led the a consortium made up of Sustrans, Living Streets and Cycling UK to deliver the programme of strategic support to ensure Local Authorities are equipped to make the funding case for investment in active travel infrastructure.

Helen Wigginton, Sustainable Transport Team Leader, Bristol City Council 

Helen is the Sustainable Transport Team Leader within the Local and Sustainable Transport team for Bristol City Council. Helen has a wealth of experience in this field having worked in sustainable transport for almost 20 years working with all sectors including business, community, education, voluntary organisations along with key stakeholders, politicians and most importantly the public.  


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