Is contraflow cycling really safe? Linking Leeds to the Department for Transport Webinar Series

  • Date:
  • Time: 12:55 for 13:00 start
  • Location: Online
  • External URL:
  • What is contraflow cycling?: Contraflow cycling allows cyclists to ride both ways in one-way streets.
  • What?: This is the first large-scale study on UK contraflow cycling safety, with practical implications for road safety.
  • Why?: We will discuss whether contraflow cycling can be a safe and cost-effective intervention to support active travel.
  • What next?: We will discuss how these findings can be relevant to Local Authorities.
  • How does this research relate to DfT priorities?: Although their implementation has been controversial in the past, evidence suggests that cyclists on contraflows have a lower crash risk.

Caroline Tait (University of Leeds) will explain how contraflow cycling could create safer and more convenient cycling networks and routes, improving the experience of cyclists (Improving transport for the user) and resulting in greater active travel, in line with Gear Change.

To help build a richer connection between the academic and policy worlds, the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) at the University of Leeds and the Department for Transport (DfT) have jointly developed a new webinar series: Linking Leeds with DfT 2022-2023.

The talk format involves a 20-minute presentation followed by a 25-minute Q&A session.

The session will be facilitated by Jo Bacon and Donatella D’Antoni from the DfT Behavioural Science team.

Please feel free to forward the invite to anyone who may be interested. Looking forward to seeing you there!

If you have any question in the meantime, reach out to Donatella.D’ or Natalie Jackson at the University of Leeds