- Simon Munk
Huge congratulations to London Cycling Campaign trustees Dr Rachel Aldred for winning the ESRC’s (Economic & Social Research Council) Celebrating Impact Prize for “Outstanding Impact in Public Policy”.
Dr Aldred is a University of Werstminster academic specialising in cycling, and is one of the most respected and recognised academics in the field. She is also Chair of the London Cycling Campaign’s Policy Forum and a trustee.
“The Prize recognises and rewards researchers whose work has made a significant difference to society or the economy, be it through outstanding research, collaborative partnerships, engagement, or knowledge exchange activities,” said the ESRC.
The organisation highlighted “the impact of her public policy work on cycling cultures and infrastructures in London. Dr Aldred set up a network of stakeholders and organised events with local and national leaders, challenging the traditional models of transport that often make assumptions about transport choices. Working with TfL, DfT and the Welsh Government Dr Aldred’s work has achieved commitments to improve ‘cycle-proofing’ and moved the perception of cycling from one of individual choice to a system or service.”
The ESRC said her work had shaped transformation at TfL, helped to increase cycling spend and improved guidance for cycling design, leading to the first international-quality “Cycle Superhighways”. Her studies on “near misses” and their effect on cycling, as well as inclusivity, cultural barriers and children were highlighted, as well as her work on the Propensity to Cycle Tool.
“Over the past five years London has started to invest substantially in cycling… Dr Aldred, as a leading expert in this area, has been a key part of this process,” said Isabel Dedring, London’s former Deputy Mayor for Transport.