Electric cycles supporting health equity in Scotland
Online, 30 November 2023, 1.30pm – 4.15pm
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Thursday 30 November 2023
1.30pm – 4.15pm
Do you want to know more about the role ebikes, electric cargo and adapted cycles can play in creating healthier and fairer communities? Energy Saving Trust is delivering a free virtual event exploring the ways that electric cycles could support health equity in Scotland.
This event covers a range of topics, starting with an overview of health inequalities and the health benefits of cycling. Dive into real-life case studies showcasing how electric cycles positively impact healthcare and social prescribing. Learn ways to support groups experiencing health inequalities from cycling projects, organisations, and researchers, and engage with experts in Q&A panels. Join us for an informative session at the crossroads of cycling, health, and community support.
Who should attend?
Health and social care professionals.
Anyone working with groups facing health inequalities.
Decision makers looking to explore solutions.
Those working in transport, active travel and inclusivity.
If any of these categories apply to you, this event can help you expand your knowledge and explore the potential of incorporating electric cycles in your work, project or community.
As Scotland’s national public health body, Public Health Scotland leads and supports work across Scotland to prevent disease, prolong healthy life and promote health and wellbeing.
Within Public Health Scotland, Anna works within the Healthy Environments programme with a particular focus on the links between sustainable transport and health. Anna also supports the work of the Public Health and Sustainable Transport Partnership, which aims to identify and influence links between Scottish transport policies and health.
Anna will give an introductory overview of health inequalities and explore the pathways from transport to health and inequalities in transport access and impacts.
Dr Paul Kelly is a physical activity researcher at the University of Edinburgh.
Paul will outline the evidence the Physical Activity for Health Research Centre has on the health benefits of e-cycling.
Ashleigh Henderson is the senior health improvement officer and NHS Tayside lead for physical activity.
Ashleigh will cover some of the recent active travel developments in Tayside, with a focus on NHS Tayside staff, particularly GP’s who have benefited from ebike trials and the knock-on effect these have had.
Mollie will be talking about the ReDiscover Dundee, project which demonstrates e-cycles being used for care and recovery through green health prescriptions.
Ersilia Verlinghieri is senior research fellow at the Active Travel Academy, at University of Westminster. Her research has a particular emphasis on issues of social and environmental justice.
Tiffany Lam is an expert on inclusive active travel. She is currently working at Sustrans as the strategy lead – equity, diversity and inclusion. She is an associate of the Active Travel Academy.
Growth in cargo bike deliveries can create quality, green jobs. However, delivery riders can experience precarious work, and health and safety risks. Furthermore, cargo bike logistics companies lack diversity, which both reflects and reproduces inequalities in city cycling.
Kate Ball is the campaigns and policy officer at Wheels for Wellbeing, a Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) working for equitable access to cycling, active travel and multi-modal journeys for Disabled people.
Kate will look at the broad range of health benefits which Disabled people can gain from access to cycling, the barriers Disabled people face in accessing cycling and a whole range of solutions which can help enable more Disabled people to cycle the journeys they want or need to make.
Dr Emily Ryder is a programme manager at Cycling UK. Cycling UK, the UK’s cycling charity, imagines a world where the streets are free of congestion and the air is clean to breathe, where parents encourage their children to cycle to school and everyone shares the exhilaration of being in the saddle. For more than 140 years, they’ve been making our streets safer, opening up new traffic free routes and inspiring more people to cycle more often.
Emily programme manages Access Bikes and Cycle Share Fund, two funds that tackle financial barriers to people accessing cycling. Removing these barriers to cycling will benefit people financially, support their health and wellbeing and benefit local communities and our environment.
Emily will talk about Cycling UK’s perspectives on engaging people experiencing poverty with cycling and e-cycling.
About the event organisers
The event is funded by Transport Scotland and delivered by Energy Saving Trust.
Transport Scotland is an agency of the Scottish Government, delivering the vision for transport in Scotland.
Energy Saving Trust is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transport and sustainable energy use. We aim to address the climate emergency and deliver the wider benefits of clean energy as we transition to net zero. We empower householders to make better choices, deliver transformative programmes for governments and support businesses with strategy, research, and assurance – enabling everyone to play their part in building a sustainable future.