2019 agenda, themes and speakers

The conference team is currently planning the agenda and is hoping to include the following topics/themes etc:

Local authority older driver assessments
Session to be facilitated by Road Safety GB, based on a project born out of discussions at ORUC 2018.

Government Grand Challenge – An ageing society
Harnessing the power of innovation to meet the needs of an ageing society; ensuring people can enjoy (at least) an extra five healthy, independent years of life by 2035.

Sustainable & alternative methods of travel (for older people)
Cycling & e-bikes, mobility scooters, older pedestrians, public transport (safety & accessibility) etc.

Fitness to drive/preparing for life after driving
Guidance to GPs, handling conversations about giving up driving, support for people when they retire from driving etc

An international perspective
What can we learn from how older road users are handled/treated/accommodated in other countries?

To enable people to make travel arrangements, registration will commence at 8.45am, with the conference commencing at 9.30am. The day will conclude no later than 4.00pm.

Confirmed speakers (24.4.19)

Valerie Singleton OBE

Presenter & Broadcaster




Dr Duncan Guest

Associate Professor in Psychology, Nottingham Trent University

Presentation: Hazard perception at road crossings in mobility scooter users


Dr Tim Jones

Reader in Urban Mobility, School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University

Presentation: Cycling beyond your sixties - 0lder people's experience of cycling in UK cities and impacts on health and wellbeing

Graham Mylward

Senior Road Safety Officer, Hampshire County Council

Presentation: The road to retirement from driving


Mei-Yee Man Oram (ARUP) & Tim Burns (Sustrans)

Senior Consultant - Accessible Environments, ARUP & Senior Policy and Partnerships Advisor, Sustrans

Presentation Title: Designing cities for older people to cycle

Yvette Bateman

Chief Executive Officer, East Anglian DriveAbility & Vice-Chair, Driving Mobility

Presentation: Fitness to drive & preparing for life after driving – Regional Transportation Hubs

Heli Ainjärv MA

Lecturer in Traffic Safety, Tallinn University Haapsalu College, Estonia

Presentation: Safe driving and ageing in Estonia


Rianne N.M. Hogenbirk, MSc

Presentation: For the elderly road user: Is the E-bike a solution or a danger?

For more information, or to express interest in speaking at the conference, please contact Nick Rawlings by email or on 01379 650112.