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Thu 25 Feb 2021
18:30 - 20:00


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How can cities hit their clean air targets and reduce carbon emissions?

Amidst the devastation of the pandemic, have we caught a glimpse of a future with less reliance on the car and a shift towards cycling and walking?

In the 20th Century we allowed the car to dominate how cities are designed. For the past few decades, we have seen the result of this in poor air quality, congestion and an increasingly fragmented and unhealthy population.

Join Paralympian and Sheffield Cycling Commissioner Dame Sarah Storey, CEO of Sustrans Xavier Brice and Bristol City Council cabinet member for Transport Cllr Kye Dudd, to explore how walking and cycling can revolutionise city design.

The event will be chaired by Urban Designer & Researcher Allison Dutoit of UWE Bristol & Gehl Associates.


Dame Sarah Storey was appointed by Mayor Dan Jarvis as the Active Travel Commissioner for the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority in April 2019. Now, almost two years into the role, she is overseeing a programme of work that will transform the region into a place where the natural choice for short journeys will be on foot or bike, or as part of a longer journey using public transport. Sarah is also one of the UK’s most well-known athletes, having competed in the past seven Paralympic Games and amassing a total of 14 Paralympic Gold Medals and 38 World titles. Sarah runs her own cycling team and is passionate about enabling more people to become more active.

Xavier Brice is CEO of Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle. Xavier has always been fascinated by transport’s impact on society. He believes that how we get around shapes how happy we are as individuals, and how happy and healthy our society is. Xavier joined Sustrans in June 2016 from Transport for London where he held a variety of roles. This included leading the modernisation of London Underground’s stations and developing a new cycling strategy for the city.

Kye Dudd was elected ward councillor for Central Bristol in May 2016 and was appointed by Mayor Marvin Rees to the Cabinet in December 2017 to lead on Waste, Energy and Regulatory Services. Following a Cabinet reshuffle in January 2019, he was appointed to the Transport and Energy brief. Kye is also a member of the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District and alongside his transport responsibility is tasked with leading on the delivery of the City Leap Energy Partnership Programme which is looking to decarbonise and deliver large scale investment into the city’s energy infrastructure.


Allison Dutoit combines practice, as an architect and urban designer with Gehl, with education as a Senior Lecturer at UWE. A dedicated collaborator and teacher, Allison has practiced and taught in the United States, Denmark and the United Kingdom. She was the Liveable Cities Advisor to Cardiff Council PSB and has worked with public and private clients in across the UK and Europe.


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