Linking Leeds with The Department for Transport – Webinar Series

Contraflows and cycling safety – evidence from 22 years of London data

Presenter: Caroline Tait, PhD Researcher from the University of Leeds

Facilitators: Donatella D’Antoni and Jo Bacon from the Department for Transport

Details: Wednesday 28th September 2022, 1pm – 2pm online

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. This new series includes four seminars that will be held between September 2022 and March 2023.

What is the first talk about?

Presenter: Caroline Tait, PhD Researcher

Title: Contraflows and cycling safety: Evidence from 22 years of London data

When: 28 September 2022, 12:55 – 14:00 BST Online event

Contraflow cycling, which allows cyclists to ride both ways in one-way streets, can be a cost-effective intervention that can improve the cycling experience and increase participation. Evidence from several studies suggest that cyclists on contraflows have a lower crash risk. However, implementing contraflow cycling is often controversial. This study focused on inner London boroughs between 1998 and 2019 and examined whether introducing contraflow cycling on one-way streets alters pedal cyclist crash or casualty rates. Come and find out why the authors recommend that all one-way streets are evaluated for contraflow cycling.

How does this research relate to DfT priorities?

This talk speaks to two key DfT priorities: Improving transport for the user and Decarbonisation. The talk will cover how contraflows cycling could create safer and more convenient cycling networks and routes, improving the experience of cyclists and resulting in greater active travel, which in turn can contribute to DfT decarbonsation plans.

What is the talk format?

This talk will last around 20 minutes and will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A session in which there will be opportunities for more interactive discussion. The presentation part of this event will be recorded and shared on the LSSI website. The Q&A section will not be recorded.

If you would like to register to attend this event, please visit the event information page on Eventbrite

If you would like any further information relating to the Linking Leeds with the DfT webinars, please contact Natalie Jackson on