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City to host national conference on active travel

27/11/2012

A NATIONAL conference exploring how cities need to change to get more people walking and cycling will be held in Leicester tomorrow.

The conference - entitled 'People-friendly cities for health and well-being' - has been organised by the Department for Transport and Department for Health and will take place at Phoenix Square on Wednesday, November 28.

It will look at how public health and city planners can come together to encourage more people to walk and cycle, and the economic and health benefits of active travel.

Speakers at the conference will include Under Secretary of State for transport Norman Baker MP and Under Secretary for health Anna Soubry MP.

Delegates will include directors and planners from local authorities across the UK. They will invited to attend a range of seminars and workshops including a Q&A with Norman Baker MP and The Times newspapers safer cycling campaign team.

The conference runs from 9am until approximately 4.30pm.

Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer said: "I am really pleased that the Under Secretary for transport accepted our invitation to hold this
conference in Leicester.

"It reflects the growing national profile that Leicester has as a city that is committed to promoting active, sustainable travel and it's great to have that recognition.

"We have a fantastic story to tell about our cycling successes, the successful partnerships we have fostered to promote and our vision for a better connected, people friendly city."

Norman Baker MP added: "Leicester has been at the vanguard of national efforts to make cities and towns more cycle and pedestrian friendly - so it is fitting that the first national conference to encourage more councils to do the same should be held here.

"I want to see more council transport and public health chiefs working together so that others can benefit from the kind of work Leicester has done to make it easier for people to walk and cycle around their towns and cities."

Last year, Leicester successfully bid for £4.4 million of Department for Transport funding to invest in sustainable and active travel across the city.

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NOTE: Media interviews with ministers/deputy city mayor available from approximately 9am to 9.15am.

Contact: Anna McCreadie at the Department for Transport, on 07990 566 912.

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