Cities, Cycling and Cleaner Transport

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To finish off an exciting September, The Future Leap Network and Future Leap Hub hosted an online interactive event titled “Cities, Cycling and Cleaner Transport”. Before the event began, the attendees enjoyed some pre-sessional networking. 

Katherine Piper of Future Leap welcomed the attendees before giving an insight into The Future Leap NetworkFuture Leap Hub and the many benefits of membership, as well as the Festival of Sustainable Business. She then introduced the speakers: 

  • Jon Usher, Sustrans 
  • Simon Whitehead, Zedify 
  • Leah DeHaan, Bristol Cycling 

Jon Usher, Sustrans 

Jon presented on the scale of the challenge for the West of England to reach net-zero transport emissions. He outlined the many opportunities to decarbonise transport, but asked if it could be done fast enough. Using statistical analysis and historic stories about Bristol, Jon gave a picture of the area’s clean transport opportunities and barriers. He ended his presentation being “optimistically cautious” about ensuring a just transition to low carbon lifestyles, and making our region more resilient, happier and healthier.  

The audience were then given time to ask Jon questions, in which a lively discussion was held.

Simon Whitehead, Zedify 

Simon introduced the audience to the benefits of e-cargo bikes. He shared insights into this low impact method of transporting goods around a city and the positive difference they can make to our ambitions of more liveable streets and neighbourhoods. He showed images of Zedify in action, as well as an inspiring video. 

Time was given for Q&A with Simon, which provoked interesting insights and debate. 

Leah DeHaan, Bristol Cycling 

Finally, Leah explored how advocacy for improving cycling infrastructure combined with amplifying the diversity of voices heard within Bristol will have a positive change for all. As Bristol continues to address the development of cycle routes, we find ourselves with an opportunity to allow business to flourish sustainably. With the proposed implementation of Liveable Neighbourhoods, developing the city centre’s cycle network and surrounding routes and the installation of secure bike hangers around the city; Leah gave insight into how changing politics can give business an opportunity to pioneer and change the city’s functionality helping increase cleaner transport and in turn leading to a healthier and happier Bristol. 

Q&A time continued for Leah after her talk, in which many members of the audience and other speakers inputted on some valuable ideas and expertise. 

60 Second Pitches 

To encourage networking, attendees made use of the 60 second pitch opportunity. This included Ride Out Ride In, and Network members Garrett CreativePossibleBristol City Council, and Presca Sportswear


After a final round of networking, Katherine brought the event to a close, thanking all the speakers and attendees, which without our events calendar would not be possible.  

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