Road safety in the context of a Low Emission Neighbourhood

Heather-ActonDelegates at the London Road Safety Council’s Centenary Conference will hear how road safety is being incorporated into public realm improvements being delivered by Westminster Council.

The one-day Centenary Conference, ‘Safer Cities, Safer Futures’, is being held at the Guildhall in the City of London on 24 January 2017. Sponsored by RedSpeed International, the conference will explore the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for road safety professionals working in cities across the UK.

The presentation will be delivered by Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster Council’s cabinet member for sustainability and parking. Cllr Acton’s present role covers air quality, cycling, walking, greening, biodiversity, road safety and parking.

In July 2016 Westminster City Council won funding to create a Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) in Marylebone. The purpose is to trial innovative ideas to reduce the number of vehicles and improve air quality.

Encouraging walking and cycling is a key part of the proposals, and road safety is therefore a vital element. The Council is also in the process of updating its Walking Strategy.

The presentation will consider the potential of the schemes and their road safety implications, both in the short and the long term. It will reflect how the various trials will be measured and what will be determined as success.

It will also outline the vision for the Walking Strategy and Westminster Council’s approach, with its partners, to creating a safer environment for vulnerable road users.

Cllr Heather Acton has lived in Westminster for 30 years and was elected to the Council in 2010 as Councillor for Hyde Park Ward. She became cabinet member for sustainability and parking in 2014, having previously been deputy cabinet member for children’s services.

Last year Cllr Acton set out Westminster’s Greener City Action Plan, the Council’s 10-year vision to promote a sustainable, liveable environment.

LRSC centenary conference
‘Safer Cities, Safer Futures’ is a celebration of the London Road Safety Council’s centenary. The event is primarily intended for road safety and active travel professionals, the emergency services and elected members with an interest in road safety.

The delegate fee is £95 for attendees from the public and third sectors and academia, and £145 for others (both prices plus VAT). The fee includes a drinks and canapé reception which will follow the conference and will feature an address by James Cracknell OBE, LRSC president.

The exhibition which will run alongside the conference is now fully subscribed.

Click here to attend as a delegate or for more information contact Sally Bartrum on 01379 650112.

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