Stage set for LRSC conference

TfL palestra

A one-day conference – being held today (2 Nov) and organised by the London Road Safety Council – will examine the future of road safety in the Capital.

The conference, ‘Road Safety: Facing The Future’, will be attended by local authority road safety professionals and elected members from London and beyond, as well as other stakeholders.

It follows a 12-month project, carried out by the LRSC with support from the Road Safety Trust, which looks at the future of road safety education across London.

The project saw the LRSC conduct in-depth research to discover how London’s boroughs plan to meet the challenge of reducing road casualties against a background of diminished resources.

During the morning session, Liz Knight, vice-president of the LRSC, and Saul Jeavons from the Transafe Network, will present the results of the project.

Elsewhere on the agenda, David Davies, executive director of PACTS, will outline the case for the restoration of national casualty reduction targets – referencing a recent report which urges the Government to adopt a set of road safety ‘performance indicators’.

In the report, published last month, PACTS says the performance indicators would cover roads, vehicles, users and emergency services in order to focus ‘scarce resources’ on the most effective interventions.

Rory McMullan (City of London) and Mark Bland (Waltham Forest) will discuss ‘Vision Zero’ in their respective boroughs, while Michael Cordon from Cycle Confident will advise delegates how to get their communities cycling.

Miranda Leedham, head of customer marketing and behaviour change at TfL, will discuss ‘vision and leadership’ – with Christine Fitzgerald, vice-president of the LRSC, looking at changes to rider training legislation.

David Shannon (Islington) and Mark Frost (Hounslow) will co-present on reducing speed limits, while Cllr Stuart King (Croydon) and Roy Clark (Hillingdon) will discuss school streets.

In the closing session, Mike Saunders (Commonplace) and Gemma Hearsum (Waltham Forest) will provide a focus on social media.

We will report on the conference here on the LRSC newsfeed during the course of next week.

02 November 2018