Enabling economic opportunity through active travel - Chris Boardman MBE, Greater Manchester’s Transport Commissioner (working across all transport modes), Chair of Sport England and 1992 Olympic Champion

The pandemic has shown that there can be a better way for urban transport and towns and cities around the world have accelerated plans during the last 18 months as to how our urban spaces will look in the future. It’s widely known that walking and cycling are good for our physical and mental health, and inactivity in daily lives is one of the biggest challenges we face.

In the 2016 'state of the nation report’ The Isle of Man Director of Public Health estimated that, financially, inactivity was costing £17million every year, while the Island’s 2019 Road Safety Strategy estimated the impact of road traffic incidents at over £25million per year. We know that enabling more journeys to be made on foot or by bike through well-designed infrastructure improves health, quality of life, the environment, road safety, public space and local productivity, while at the same time reducing costs to the public purse. These are substantial ‘win-wins’ that benefit individual people and the community and society as a whole.

Chris, along with Greater Manchester’s Infrastructure Lead Brian Deegan, will talk about their experiences of the challenges faced in helping to deliver Greater Manchester’s £1.5billion pound fully integrated transport system with active travel as its foundation, and how the High Street and business benefits from ‘Healthy Streets'.

8.00 am Arrival and breakfast
8.45 am Chris Boardman
9.05 am Brian Deegan
9.25 am Q&A’s
9.45 am Finish

Click here to register to attend this FREE event. A light breakfast will be served.

Thank you to Conister Bank for supporting this event


Chris Boardman | 1992 Olympic Champion, Individual Pursuit

Following his sporting career, which also saw him win three individual stages of the Tour de France, Chris worked as head of research and development for the Great Britain Cycling Team between 2004-2012, helping the team win eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008.

Chris also commentates for the BBC and ITV on the Olympics, World Championships and Tour de France.

Over the past four years, he's been working with the Mayor of Greater Manchester on a plan to create the largest cycling and walking network in the country and is currently the Transport Commissioner for Greater Manchester, helping the Mayor to deliver a fully integrated transport system with active travel as its foundation. He remains one of the UK’s most prominent cycling and walking advocates, having been policy adviser to British Cycling since 2012.
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Brian Deegan | Technical Director, Walking + Cycling at Urban Movement

Brian is one of the UK’s leading street design engineers and was co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards. With a background in engineering, he has also led high-profile policy and planning projects. He helped develop Transport for London’s Healthy Street Check, a key tool in designing for ‘Healthy Streets’, and helped ensure the design quality of all projects associated with the London Mayor’s £1billion Cycling and Healthy Streets programme.

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