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Half of Copenhageners hop on their bike every day. In Cambridge well over one third of people pedal the city streets, and in the Dutch city of Groningen a staggering 60 per cent of all journeys are made by cycle. By contrast here in York just 15 per cent of people regularly use a cycle to get around. Our beautiful city shares much in common with Cambridge, Groningen and Copenhagen, so why aren't more people tempted to cycle?
Join Rachel Aldred of the University of Westminster as she helps us re-imagine York as a true cycling city on a par with Groningen, Copenhagen and Cambridge. She'll explore why cycle participation is low across much of the UK, and look at why some groups of people are much less likely to cycle than others. She'll also explain what kind of changes might help to transform our city into a cycling utopia: a city where traffic jams are a distant memory and everyone - young, old, male, female, fitness fanatic, sofa sloth, able-bodied and disabled - can travel around with ease.
Dr Rachel Aldred is a Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster. She is interested in sustainable mobilities and in cycling in particular, and sits on the editorial board of Transport Reviews.
In 2016 Rachel was awarded the ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize and the first annual Westminster University Prize for Research Excellence. She has also been named as one of the Progress 1000 Most Influential Londoners. One of her research projects (Near Miss Project) was awarded Cycling Initiative of the Year 2015 by Total Women’s Cycling. BikeBiz named her one of the 100 Women of the Year 2015. Since November 2012, she has twice been elected as a Trustee of the London Cycling Campaign and is Chair of its Policy Forum.