How does the traffic signals industry support active travel? This year’s JCT Symposium finds out
With walking and cycling becoming a key focus of travel provision over the past year, active travel solutions are a key element of this September’s in-person JCT Traffic Signals Symposium run by ITS (UK) members JCT.
The event, which traditionally attracts more than 200 professionals from the traffic signals and wider highways industry, will hear how data from signals is being used to prioritise pedestrian and cycling safety. Pierre Trotobas of Colas and Andrew Caleya Chetty from Starling Technologies will explain how technology, data and machine learning processes enable better safety, sharing insights from on-road trials undertaken in France with Colas using data analytics and Colas Flowell LED road markings.
The two day symposium will also hear from Transport for London about the capital’s Streetspace Plan, which is designed to transform streets to accommodate a possible ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking when lockdown restrictions are removed.
Meanwhile, fewer than three months before the global COP26 environmental conference in Glasgow, air quality will also be core to the discussions, with papers from Aimsun about using real-time traffic and air quality modelling to reduce tailpipe emissions in Oxfordshire, PTV about using real-time modelling to influence traffic signals phasing in York and Vivacity Labs talking about benchmarking traffic signal control algorithms in simulation.
“The quality of the papers submitted for the symposium is extremely high this year,” explained JCT Director John Nightingale who is organising the event. “The fact so many excellent papers have been proposed so far ahead of the event signals to me that the industry is itching to get back to meeting face-to-face, and that’s what we’re so looking forward to doing in Nottingham.”
The JCT Traffic Signals Symposium also features a record 25 different exhibitor organisations and two days of socialising and networking, including a value-for-money barbeque on the Tuesday night before the event and gala dinner on the Wednesday.
“Talking to exhibitors and speakers, they can’t wait to get back to meeting people face-to-face and catching up after two long years away,” continued John Nightingale. “Our social events are always key to the success of the event, forging friendships and new business relationships. I think this year it’s even more important we enjoy that side of our event.”
The JCT Traffic Signals Symposium takes place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th of September with MOVA user group on the Tuesday 14th September at The Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University. To sign up as a delegate go to: http://www.jctconsultancy.co.uk/Symposium/Symposium2021/symposium2021.php
(Picture – John Nightingale at 2019 JCT Traffic Signals Symposium, courtesy JCT)