Five projects by Westminster Transport Planning and Management MSc students, graduates and staff have been showcased at the 14th annual Cycling and Society symposium, held on 7 and 8 September. 

Students presented their work, which was part of the Transport Planning and Management MSc course’s dissertations, at the Symposium, one of the best-known academic cycling research events in the UK which regularly attracts top researchers from Europe and beyond.

MSc students Nicola Waight, Joe Croft and Toby Jacobs presented each of their projects covering different topics including journeys combining folding bikes and rail in the UK, perceptions of cycling within specific London boroughs and bicycle crash injury data.

Recent graduate Lucy Marstrand, now working for the highly regarded transport planning firm Transport Initiatives, also took part in the conference and discussed her analysis of how transport education can reinforce or challenge institutional biases against walking and cycling. Lucy also published a short piece about her dissertation which has since been widely shared.

One of the MSc students, Joe Croft, who took part in the event said: “Cycling and Society was my first time presenting a piece of academic work in such a format. The experience has been extremely valuable, affirming and was the perfect way to end my two years of study at University of Westminster. I'm grateful to my tutor for suggesting we submit our abstracts. It was also great to be able to talk with and hear from such a wide selection of knowledgeable people.”

Another MSc student, Toby Jacobs, said: “Cycling and Society was my first time presenting a piece of academic work in such a format. The experience has been extremely valuable, affirming and was the perfect way to end my two years of study at University of Westminster. I'm grateful to my tutor for suggesting we submit our abstracts. It was also great to be able to talk with and hear from such a wide selection of knowledgeable people.”

Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, Dr Rachel Aldred, delivered a keynote address reflecting on ten years of cycling research and what the future holds at the conference. She said about the event: “It was fantastic to see the students discussing their work alongside researchers from across Europe. The event showed the high quality of the research our MSc students produce and their excellent presentation skills.”

Find out more about the Transport Planning and Management MSc course at the University of Westminster.

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