In June 2018 I appeared on two panels, on consecutive days. The first, in Bristol's Watershed, was following Sustrans research about why more women don't cycle - and organised by Sustrans. It was fantastic to be on a rare all-women panel talking about transport. The Bristol Post did a write up.
The second panel was at the City of London's Guildhall, discussing “Why do so many people have a problem with cyclists and what can be done about it?” On the panel with me was Ashok Sinha of LCC , Dr Rachel Lee of Living Streets, Jaqueline O'Donovan of O'Donovan Waste, and Carlton Reid of BikeBiz.
On 17 May 2018 I closed the Hackney Cycling Conference with a presentation on why politicians don't need to fear cycling - because it's popular with voters. In the plenary session I shared a stage with representatives from Greater Manchester, the Department for Transport and Sustrans Cymru.
I explained my work sometimes involves defending cyclists against misinformation, and that it's important politicians remember the facts about cycling - that consultations and even elections show people want investment in cycling, regardless of what a vocal minority may say. I invited people to laugh at some of the hysterical, if sometimes understandable opinions, about cycling infrastructure, by contrasting hyperbolic headlines with the facts. Thankfully it went down well.
Here are some of the ten or more complements I received from attendees afterwards:
Sometimes things are so ludicrous one simply has to laugh about them.
April 2018 was a busy month for public speaking for me. I interviewed New York's former transportation director, Jon Orcutt, for the inaugural Street Talks podcast, as Sustrans' headquarters in London. Jon talked about the importance of Vision Zero in tackling road danger, and how New York's experience applies to London (and other cities). You can listen to the podcast via the link, below:
Also in April 2018, I was delighted to be on a speaking panel at the book launch of Bikes & Bloomers, with author and Adventure Syndicate superwoman, Emily Chappell, and Bruce Bennett (Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, Lancaster University). Bikes & Bloomers is a fascinating tale of cycling, sewing and suffragettes through inventive women's cyclewear. Its author is the fantastic Kat Jungnickel, a sociologist and senior lecturer at Goldsmiths University. She can also ride a Penny Farthing. Here she is, below, at the launch demonstrating the Bygrave convertible skirt, complete with internal pulley system that lifts the front and rear of the skirt via drawstrings, causing the sides to festoon attractively - and that's me admiring it.
I've read the book, and absolutely loved it. Thanks to Kat's patent archive research, these women's stories can be told, but its her uncovering who the women behind the patents were, and the impact on women's lives, through census data and newspaper clippings, that brings their stories to life. I've a book review coming out in the next issue of Casquette magazine, which I'll share when it's available.
In April 2017 I was interviewed by cycling journalist and author, Carlton Reid, for the Spokesmen podcast, talking about how I got into cycling, advocacy, London. Then I turn the interview around and talk to Carlton about his latest project, unearthing the UK's forgotten 1930's cycleways.
In March 2017 I chaired London's Street Talk, a monthly panel discussion about urban design, discussing how cycling can save the world. The event coincided with the launch of Guardian journalist Peter Walker's book, Bike Nation: How Cycling Can Save the World.
In March 2016 I chaired a panel of experts, discussing how to get more people cycling in London .
On the panel with me were London cycling commissioner (at the time), Andrew Gilligan, Olympic cyclist and British Cycling's Policy Advisor, Chris Boardman, Dr Rachel Aldred, reader in transport at the University of Westminster, Guardian journalist, Peter Walker, and Licensed Taxi Driver's Association General secretary, Steve McNamara.
In February 2016 I was on an all-female panel discussing how women are portrayed in the cycling media. I later wrote an article on it for Total Women's Cycling, which you can read here.