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Why Sports Conference Workshop - The Active School Run: The Dutch Approach to Enabling Active and Independent Journeys

Why Sports Conference – Creating Active Communities 2019: Delivering a New Approach, 2 May

Creating Active Communities 2019 will build upon the 2018 Why Sports series of conferences, bringing the latest innovations, developments, and learning from within and outside of the sector. It will challenge all to consider how transformational work is delivering benefits to our towns and cities, how to attract and allocate resources to achieve better outcomes, how we are driven by consumers in order to meet their needs and how to take learning from other places and industries to advance sustainable developments.

In addition to the £100 million investment in the Sport England Local Delivery Pilots, the conference will explore other recent funding streams in relation to open and green space, active travel, housing regeneration and community cohesion.This is a must attend conference for anyone working to improve health and activity outcomes in England. You will have opportunities to network with like-minded thinkers wanting to deliver the best outcomes for their communities and will hear from the best in the industry.

The Active School Run: The Dutch Approach to Enabling Active and Independent Journeys

Johan DiepensPresenters: Johan Diepens, Mobycon Director, and; Jason Colbeck, Mobycon Urban Design and Mobility Consultant

When: 14:30 – 15:15, Charles Hallé Room



Dutch school children are among the healthiest and happiest in the world. This is in no small part due to the active and independent lives they lead, and how this is built in to their daily lives through the ability to cycle, walk and move through their environments safely and easily.

The way children and parents travel to school in the Netherlands is often visibly different to the same journeys in much of the UK, with over two-thirds travelling by bike or walking. The physical environment immediately around the school and the wider street network have been carefully planned and designed to ensure active journeys are safe, attractive and a natural alternative to travelling by car.

In this workshop, Johan Diepens and  Jason Colbeck will discuss how mobility in the Netherlands helps to create active communities. The presentation will feature an exclusive screening of Why We Cycle, a short film exploring the reasons for the extraordinary cycling culture in The Netherlands and its effects on people, societies, and the organization of cities. They will explore the planning and design features that facilitate active journeys to school, including the challenges faced in both the Netherlands and the UK and how these can be overcome. Participants will be asked to consider what changes can be made to our streets to create safer, more active places and help transform the family experience of journeys to school.