This year's Cyclenation Conference will be held at the Birmingham & Midland Institute (9 Margaret Street, B3 3BS).
The Eventbrite page for the conference is here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cyclenation-2018-campaigners-conference-tickets-52199066814
Cost: £10 (£5 for students, free entry for under-18s) - You can pay through EventBrite, or you can choose to pay on the day. There are concessionary tickets available - contact us for details.
This conference is child-friendly - We don't expect our meetings to be quiet and staid, and although the meetings might not hold childen's attention for very long, we'll provide some activities for them to do while you take part (the activities will be in the reception area as you come in - please give back pens etc. afterwards or we'll run out!). We don't plan to have a creche - feel free to take your children with you into the meetings. We'll provide a comfortable space for breast-feeding, and there'll be chairs at the back of the main hall for teenagers to lounge around. Feel free to dip in and out of the conference as you like to fit in with your child's needs.
We'll also want to hear your children's views on some of the things we're discussing - we'll say more on that in those sessions.
Details for transport, cycle parking and food at the end of this post.
Draft conference schedule:
10:00am - Registration & refreshments
10:30am - Welcome talk and panel discussion.
Our opening talk will be from Katherine Nield, an environmental lawyer at ClientEarth. They leverage the law to challenge the actions (and inactions) of governments and large companies which damage the environment and people, including a third win against the UK government on air pollution this year.
Panel discussion: Everyone is an advocate. #cycleadvocate
Facilitator - Catherine Watton.
11:20am - 11:30am - Introductions to the workshops
11:30am - 11:40am - Short break
Workshop sessions, with a lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. There will be several rooms for the workshops, some of the workshops will take place twice:
11:40am - 12:30pm / (lunch break from 12:30pm to 1:30pm) / 1:30pm - 2:20pm / 2:30pm - 3:20pm / 3:40pm - 4:30pm
Workshop titles & speakers:
(1) Jonathan Fingland, Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign - Manchester's Beelines - What are they and what lessons can we learn from them?
(2) Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK - Media engagement for cycle campaigners.
(3) Kevin Hickman, Wheels for Wellbeing - The Temporal instability of 3 Wheels & Inclusive Design Guidance.
(4) Dave Clasby, Sustrans - The next steps for the National Cycle Network (engagement workshop)
(5) Chris Lowe (facilitator), Push Bikes - Working with councillors & officers - common mistakes and how to avoid them (We will have some officers & councillors in the meeting to take part in the discussion)
(6) Catherine Watton - Taking back our streets from the car; Lessons from Waltham Forest about what works for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods?
(7) Chris Kenyon, Labour Cycles - Working with political parties; Lessons from Labour Cycles (once only).
(8) Donnachadh McCarthy - Direct action and cycle campaigning.
(9) Chris Kenyon, CyclingWorks - Harnessing business support for cycling (once only).
(10) Melanie Carroll, Lincolnshire Cycling UK - Workshop: Responding to highways consultations
(11) Phil Jones, Phil Jones Associates - Updating cycle design guidance
4:30pm - 4:40pm - Short break
4:40pm - 5:30pm - Final plenary talks & Closing remarks
National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist: Donnachadh McCarthy, Stop Killing Cyclists
How do we campaign for funding for cycling?: Duncan Dollimore, Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, Cycling UK
5:30pm - Close
Chinwag time afterwards: The Wellington Inn, Newhall Street (B2 5SN). They do not serve food, but they are happy for you to bring your own food in. And they serve a very good range of beers.
Infrastructure Safari - Birmingham's cycle superhighway: A38 Birmingham city centre to Selly Oak route.
This will happen twice: 11:30am to 12:30pm; 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Led by: Robert Latham, Push Bikes.
There are Brompton Hire bikes in Birmingham (details here). Unfortunately, Birmingham's cycle hire scheme has been delayed until the new year. We won't be providing bikes to borrow, so please arrange a bicycle beforehand.
Getting to the venue:
The Birmingham and Midland Institute is located on Margaret Street (B3 3BS) in the centre of Birmingham. It is within 10 minutes walk of both Snow Hill Station (on Colmore Row) and New Street Station (on New Street).
The venue has space for folded bikes inside. Bring them up to the Dickens Room on the 1st floor (there is a lift).
Unfortunately, we don't have any space for other cycles inside the venue. There are sheffield stands dotted within a short walk from the venue: 4 sheffield stands on the corner of Edmund Street and Margaret Street; Two sets of 5 stands in the pedestrianised street (opposite Margaret Street) that runs between Edmund Street and Colmore Row; 4 sheffield stands on the corner of Newhall Street and Great Charles Street Queensway; Cycle stands (many, but of varying quality) in front of University College Birmingham, on Summer Row. We recommend using a good lock.
There is no car parking at the venue. The closest public car park is on Cambridge Street (B1 2NB), next to the City Centre Gardens. Be aware that the section of Paradise Circus Queensway is closed between Holliday Street and Cambridge Street, and the end of Cambridge Street next to the car park is currently a bus gate. There is also a car park on the corner of Ludgate Hill and Lionel Street (B3 1AT), and on Newhall Street (B3 1SW). Those are about 10 minutes walk away. Be aware that with the German Market on, car parks in Birmingham city centre on a Saturday might be busy.
There will be tea & coffee & squash available through the day. We won't be providing lunch - there is a cafe in the venue, but there is another event on, so they will probably be busy. There are several locations close by to get food:
Subway - Corner of Newhall Street and Great Charles Street Queensway; Also on New Street
A variety of coffee shops - along Colmore Row and on New Street
The Shakespeare Inn (decent pub food) - on Summer Row, next to University College Birmingham
The German Market - in Victoria Square and along New Street (it might not be too busy yet....)
Greggs - on New Street, close to Victoria Square
Tesco supermarket - on the corner of New Street and Temple Street
Sainsburys and Waitrose and Tesco - outside Snow Hill Station, on Colmore Row