The 2023 Mobility Camp Unconference at the IET Austin Court in Birmingham was a great success!
A huge thank you to everyone who attended including our sponsors, Transport Planning Society, University of Birmingham: Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, PTV Group, PJA, SLC Rail and QRoutes, our very very talented event illustrator Camille, as well as the volunteers and organising team!
The energy in the room was palpable, and it's clear that there was a shared dedication to changing the narrative on sustainable transport. The day provided interesting, inspiring and thought provoking conversations, actions and connections.
Each session has been summarised below for your own perusal and there is also a gallery of photos from the day to view.
The theme for Mobility Camp 2023 was ‘change the narrative’.
We know the challenges transport faces - decarbonisation, the cost of living, and a fast-changing world are at the forefront of professional's minds. Many are willing to experiment with the more radical policy initiatives needed, such as 15 minute neighbourhoods, traffic filters, and other forms of restraint on car travel.
However, these initiatives have provoked a furious and sometimes conspiratorial backlash among some members of the public. The time for radical change is now, so what can we do as professionals to take the public with us on this journey, and win their trust? Can we change the perception of solutions, and who does it? Or are there some people you just can't reach, and if so what do we do about that?