The next South West Act TravelWise meeting will be in Trowbridge on 10 October 2017. We are making this a 'demo' meeting, where suppliers can come and spend 20 minutes showing off a piece of software or hardware that would impress our attendees, who are interested in a range of sustainable transport initiatives.

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Smarter Travel LIVE! - the UK’s largest gathering of sustainable transport experts and practitioners - will be held from 19-20 October 2017 at ArenaMK in Milton Keynes. The conference aims to address the principal planning and policy issues facing practitioners with regards to the future of mobility services. As a conference partner, Act TravelWise is able to offer a 25% discount on delegate places to its members. More information including a programme and registration details will be available soon.

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‘Forward Thinking, Future Planning’
Thursday 25 January 2018 - Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham

The UK and much of the world are experiencing profound social, economic and technological changes - addressed at last year's Annual Conference on 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'.

On 25 January 2018, with the theme of 'Forward Thinking, Future Planning', we will take this to the  next level, exploring the long-term planning that is required in response to these changes,  including but not limited to Local Transport Plans (LTPs) and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).

A future focus need not be 'futuristic' in the science fiction sense; it can equally be about developing positive community-led visions to help shape the future or 'building in' resilience to change. Voices from Central Government, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and other key influencers will serve to ground the theme within the current planning context.

The morning sessions will feature presentations on practical and effective future planning from each of the sectors addressing transport and travel. The afternoon sessions will concentrate on group discussion and interaction, e.g. a collaborative planning workshop on how the different sectors can work together in the long-term planning context.

Call for Papers:

Act TravelWise is seeking proposals for presentations and interactive content on the theme of 'Forward Thinking, Future Planning' as outlined above. Topics may be wide-ranging within the theme, from theoretical perspectives to practical experience. We are seeking papers from all sectors - public, private, health, education/academic and third sector. Papers involving new innovations and/or successful collaboration between sectors are particularly sought.

Please send the following by the submission deadline of 1 September 2017 to Randall Ghent at

  • presentation, workshop or activity title
  • description up to 250 words
  • name, position and organisation of presenter or facilitator

Call for Sponsors and Exhibitors:

We are seeking sponors and exhibitors and have options available to suit all budgets. The headline options are as follows:

Gold Sponsor - £5,000

  • prominent logo and recognition in all conference announcements/materials
  • 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo (large)
  • logo and detailed profile in conference programme booklet
  • 1 x exhibition stand
  • 5 x delegate places
  • option to chair key sessions
  • logo on conference bags and lanyards
  • 2 x insert in conference bags

Silver Sponsor - £2,500

  • logo and recognition in all conference announcements/materials
  • 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo (small)
  • 3 x delegate places
  • option to chair one session
  • logo and profile in conference programme booklet
  • 1 x insert in conference bags

Exhibition Stand - £475/£975 (member/non-member)

  • 1 x exhibition stand (2.5x2.5m approx)
  • stand location in main circulation/catering area (floor plan available)
  • logo and profile in conference programme booklet
  • 3 x delegate places
  • 1 x insert in conference bags

We welcome enquiries regarding the above, which can be directed to Randall Ghent, 0208 1447366,


Registration will open by 1 September 2017, with free places available for speakers and Act TravelWise members sending one delegate.

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The Centre for Transport & Society at University of the West of England is organising a conference in Bristol on making traffic-free spaces. It will be held on 15 September 2017 in central Bristol. You will hear from the people leading traffic removal projects today in London, Leicester, Cambridge, and Taunton. You will hear from a developer about the potential for new housing in traffic-free areas and the conference will finish with smaller workshop sessions, to exchange experience of what works, what doesn't and how these leading cities have overcome barriers and opposition to make it all happen.

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Act TravelWise is proud to support Cycle to Work Day, which encourages adults across the UK to get on their bike and give cycle commuting a go for one day. Why – because cycling to work is brilliant! It’s an easy way to boost your health and fitness, improve your wellbeing and show some love to the environment.

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The 15th Annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting will be held 28-29 June 2017 in Nottingham. TPM is an important annual meeting place for all transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers to share knowledge, engage in constructive debates and disseminate the latest thinking across the profession. This year's programme is now available. Registration is open and a 15% discount is available for Act TravelWise members.

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How do you actually go about planning and implementing a coherent local cycling and walking network? Speakers from Sustrans, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and City of York Council will address this question from different angles in this first-of-its-kind event. The workshop will be held at Highways England in Leeds on Monday 26 June, 2:30 for 3:00 - 5:00 pm followed by the third Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Meeting 5:30 - 7:00 pm with nearby pub social to follow.

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