Salisbury Active Travel Conference

The conference was held on the 24th February 2024

Venue: Salisbury Guildhall

The conference

We are very grateful to our organising  team without whom we would never have been able to organise such a fantastic conference - you know who you are and we are extremely grateful for all your support and to the volunteers that you enlisted along the way.

The speakers gave their time, enthusiasm and commitment to come to Salisbury and present on their area of expertise - access to the powerpoints presentations is provided in the links below.

The audience were such an important part of the conference. Our expert facilitator orchestrated the delegates to reflect on what they considered could be undertaken in Salisbury in the short and long term for wheeling and walking.  The reflection outcomes were insightful and engaging - probably the most concentrated discussion and outcomes proposed for improving walking and cycling for all, including those with disabilities and the elderly in Salisbury.

The outcomes of the reflection sessions have been summarised below.

We were ever so humbled by the kind comments of those that attended - click this link to see the comments

Photos from the day

In addition the Salisbury Journal were kind enough to publish an article on "Active Travel conference held at Salisbury Guildhall"

If you would like work with or support COGS on Active travel in Salisbury then please contact us at

Head on over to Salisbury Active Travel website to read more on active travel in Salisbury 


We are extremely grateful to the following for support and sponsorship, without whom we would not have been able to host the conference

Salisbury City Council

All The Kit  - Christian Lange

Hayballs Cyclesport - Graham Hayball

Stonehenge Cycles - Chris Brown

Active Planning - Richard Lewis

Hale Market - Paula Downard


The COGS Active Travel Conference held in Salisbury Guildhall on 24th Feb 2024 involved approximately 100 participants, largely from Salisbury and surrounds but also from elsewhere in Wiltshire and the South of England. During the day there were six presentations from speakers across the country on various aspects of active travel in which they had been involved. 

After each two presentations Professor Graham Smith invited those present to reflect on important points from those presentations and what could be done in Salisbury/Wiltshire.

At the end of the day participants were asked to reflect on the ideas which had emerged throughout the day. Each table was asked to prioritise and vote on their top 3 ideas to take forward.  

These priorities were then summarised  to show the ideas which had most support across the different tables, grouped together into topic areas which we plan to take forward with Salisbury City Council, Wiltshire council and other community groups

Click on this link for the complete: Conference Reflection Roundup summary

Summary of the report as follows:

Improved Active Travel  Facilities  - Pedestrianise Salisbury City Centre – Car-free zone for central Salisbury backed by –representative polling/ citizens jury/ info about economic benefits. Suggestion of excluding cars for specific time frame, car free days, external identification for exemptions such as blue badge holders  

Planning & development - Deliver Section 106 improvements before starting any new developments + get active travel infrastructure built before houses occupied+active travel pack & free bus pass for new housing developments 

Influencing driver behaviour  - 20mph limit, enable parish councils to choose to have 20mph limit, plus make park and ride work

WC Budget and approach to Active Travel  + transport policy generally  - Budget redistribution – more money for active travel, Increase WC’s Active Travel Score to 3 

Campaigning, Community Engagement & winning hearts and minds  - Better data – share data, & more networking between campaign groups, Identify as an active travel community – cycle, wheelchair, walk rather than just cyclists

Schools  - Improved networks to schools including bike storage, Better school travel plans, School streets 

What can you do that can make a difference?

Sign up for Better Transport Week:

 Keep up to date with national cycling and walking investment, safety and government strategy, use their resources, and respond to consultations:

 Join these organisations to add your support to their national campaigns for better connected communities:

CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England:

Unite The Union:

Support our sponsors and exhibitors:

Salisbury Reds 

Salisbury EcoHub Alliance 

Salisbury Transition City 

Keep tabs on new local active travel schemes:

Respond to consultations at the Wiltshire Council Consultation Portal:

Lobby your Wiltshire councillor:

Help save buses by telling the Campaign for Better Transport what the £2 fare means to you:

Join COGS to add your support to your local active travel advocacy group:

Join the Campaign for Better Transport mailing list:

Encourage your employer to set up a Cycle to Work scheme:

Become a local councillor, a county councillor, a school governor - or all three.

Write letters to your local newspaper.

Get back on your bike with help from a British Cycling route, group or buddy:

Join MyBrake, to support Brake, the road safety charity:

Join the 20s Plenty campaign:

Sign up for the Transport Action Network newsletter and visit their Actions page to see what else you can do:


Rachel Aldred is Professor of Transport at the University of Westminster, and Director of the Active Travel Academy. Rachel has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and her research has been funded by NIHR, ESRC, AHRC, TfL, DfT, Road Safety Trust, British Cycling, Sport England, and others. She has won prizes including the Economic and Social Research Council's Prize for Outstanding Impact in Public Policy for work including The Near Miss Project, the first UK study calculating a per-mile collision risk for cycling. The Near Miss Project was also awarded the Cycling Initiative of the Year 2015 by Total Women’s Cycling, while another (the Propensity to Cycle Tool) was in 2019 awarded the Transtech Open Data Award. 

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Isabelle Clement MBE is the CEO of Wheels for Wellbeing, an award-winning charity, based in London, which supports disabled people to discover or rediscover cycling. Established in 2007, the charity provides cycling opportunities in South London; it has also become the UK-wide campaigning voice of disabled people who cycle or wish to cycle. As an urban commuter handcyclist, Isabelle has extensive experience of what it takes to create the right environment so everyone can cycle. She works tirelessly to bring an understanding of disability to active travel stakeholders and of active travel to disability groups. She co-created #BeyondTheBicycle, an alliance with cargo cyclists and with parents who cycle with young children, who all encounter many of the same issues as disabled and older cyclists. She has become a leading influencer in the field of inclusive cycling and active travel. In March 2023 Isabelle was appointed Non-Executive Director of Active Travel England. Active Travel England is the government’s executive agency responsible for making walking, wheeling and cycling the preferred choice for everyone to get around in England”.

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Hari Clough: Disabled cyclist and accidental activist. Former Salisbury resident, courtesy of more than one military posting and still a regular visitor. In love with their return to cycling and frustrated with how difficult to manage said return has been. 

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Emily Kerr has lived in St. Mary’s ward (Oxford) since 2015. She is the founder of Share Our Cars, a national campaign encouraging people to ‘borrow, not buy’ new cars, and lives with her partner and their three young children. She works as a sustainability consultant, most recently on Marks and Spencer’s net zero carbon strategy and is a great believer in the power of both business and grassroots community initiatives to make change.  With a background in science, Emily is extremely concerned about the impact of climate change on current and future generations and joined the Green Party to make a difference on climate and social justice at the local level.  She loves cycling, and campaigns locally for improved cycle and pedestrian safety and empowering people to reduce private car use. She was recently recognised as a Climate Change Hero by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire.

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Caroline Thomas is the Cabinet Member for Transport, Street Scene, and Flooding at Wiltshire Council.

As an ex-Army Officer, Caroline has used multiple forms of transport from boots and Land Rovers to horses and boats but became a keen cyclist during her Financial Services career, undertaking charity bike rides around the world in the 2000’s from Brazil to India. Finding retirement a little too quiet, Caroline became a Wiltshire Councillor in May 2021 and, after a period as the Finance Portfolio Holder, took on Cabinet responsibility for Highways, Transport, Streetscene and Flooding in January 2023 and has been keen to promote the council’s work on Active Travel ever since. To support her in this role she has asked Cllr Tamara Reay, the Portfolio Holder for Climate Change to extend her work across Sustainable Travel, with the aim of creating real choices for residents.

Development of the 4th Local Transport Plan this year provides the Council with a clear opportunity to build on recent progress to create safer and more accessible infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists, reduce traffic congestion, improve public health, and contribute to environmental sustainability.

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Graham is a  Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in the School of Social Sciences (University of Westminster). Currently, he spends much of his time working as the founding Chair of the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA) funded by the European Climate Foundation.

His main research interests are in democratic theory and practice, particularly democratic innovations / participatory democratic institutions and their relationship with climate governance and other long-term political challenges. Graham's book Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation is widely recognised as key to the establishment of this area of study. He has been recognised by Apolitical as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Academics in Government.

Graham will act as the facilitator for our periods of reflection between the different presentations.

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Ian Walker is a Professor in environmental psychology and behaviour in the areas of transport, energy and water (University of Surrey). He particularly specialises in working on bringing user needs into multidisciplinary projects with engineers and architects. He is psychology lead for the VSimulators building motion simulators and has worked extensively on in-home displays for energy and water that take end-user understanding into account. He also has a long-standing interest in choices and behaviours around sustainable active travel.

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Peter Walker is the deputy political editor for the Guardian and runs its popular bike blog. As a news journalist he has reported from places ranging from Iraq to North Korea. Walker has also been named one of the fifty most influential people in British cycling. He has been a regular cyclist since working as a cycle courier in London and Sydney.

Presentation: Having more people cycle for everyday transport makes a country healthier, fairer, less polluted and more safe. And yet cycling levels in the UK have stayed more or less static for years. This talk goes through the many reasons why ministers should back pro-active travel policies – and some of the reasons why they don't.

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