Joining the Dots 2018
Making Data the Common Language of Road Safety
The Joining The Dots 2018 conference took place at the Park Conference Centre on 27th February. This year the conference covered an even wider range of areas than ever before, including how analytical data supports engineers, road safety enforcement, offender profiling and more.
Speakers included representatives from the Road Safety Foundation, the RAC Foundation, the Department for Transport and many more leading organisations in the field.
Sir Nic Cary - Director, Waysphere Transport Intelligence
Sir Nic Cary opened the conference emphasising the importance that data will play in improving road safety as we look to the future, underlining our theme that data shall be the common language of road safety.
His presentation, and those of all the day's speakers, can be found below.
Speakers and Contributors
International Transport Forum
Before joining the ITF, Alexandre has worked at Transport for London. With TfL, he developped performance indicators for the definition and the implementation of London's 2020 road safety action plan.
Transport for London
Amy has been supporting the Met Police’s switch to COPA for reporting road casualties and has been working closely with them to improve the integrity of this data. She has been working to expand TfL’s knowledge and understanding of fatalities on the road network – for example how and why suicides take place on London’s roads and how we can work with partners and learn lessons from rail to reduce these.
Prior to TfL Amy was a Transport Planner and Social Researcher at Atkins Consultancy, and at Kingston Council was responsible for a public-facing data website and managing the borough’s Community Safety Partnership.
In 2017, Amy was the winner of Road Safety Support’s ‘Individual Contribution to Road Safety’ award. She was nominated, and subsequently shortlisted, for a WeAreTheCity Rising Star award (sponsored by the Sunday Times) in the public sector category.
In November Amy was a participant on ‘Hacktrain 4’ – a 48 hour competition on trains across France and Germany with the aim of creating innovative responses to current transport problems.
Broadspire by Crawford & Company
Road Safety Analysis
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South Wales Police
Prior to working at the Foundation, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Technical University of Munich. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.
He will be demonstrating oneminutetrafficdata, a new free R package from the RAC Foundation. He will be showing what road safety research might be possible by using this package to examine historical SRN traffic data, VMS messages and variable speed limits.
Road Safety GB
Nic’s work at the DfT spanned data policy, the digitisation of public services, user needs research, Cabinet Office and Treasury approvals and the integration of third party supplier work, including that of digital agencies. A strategic and analytical thinker his work has spanned organisational boundaries and challenged an oftentimes siloed public sector mentality.
Department for Transport
Pete is a leading figure in the development of road and vehicle safety policy resources and has led the establishment of the European Road Safety Observatory. He has advised the European Commission on its Road Safety Policy Orientations to 2020 and has co-ordinated several large research projects to gather and analyse accident and safety data which together had a value of around €20 m.
Pete is the Co-ordinator of the SafetyCube project which is a research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizons 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, in the domain of Road Safety. The project started on May 1st, 2015 and will run for a period of three years.
The primary objective of the SafetyCube project is to develop an innovative road safety Decision Support System (DSS) that will enable policy-makers and stakeholders to select and implement the most appropriate strategies, measures and cost-effective approaches to reduce casualties of all road user types and all severities in Europe and worldwide.
Road Safety Analysis
Sam’s focus is upon driving The Floow’s research in cutting edge capabilities for understanding risk as people move. Sam has a keen interest in applying new data, approaches and technology to better determine risk on the road.
Sam is a graduate of the University of Sheffield, where he achieved a PhD in Large Scale Information Integration, now Sam manages a number of large-scale research projects exploring the future of mobility focusing upon aspects of risk, telematics, driverless cars, and smart cities.
Road Safety Foundation
Suzy is an experienced technical lead and project manager, having undertaken a wide variety of projects including the development of multi-sector national road safety strategies and action plans, speed management methodologies, bench-marking road safety performance and innovative approaches to self-explaining roads.
Advising on the incorporation of appropriate behaviour change models and behaviour change techniques in intervention design she has been involved in a number of high profile projects including E-Valu-It; research into rural young drivers and adult pedestrians; and evaluation of a variety of local and national road safety schemes, including multiple young driver campaigns, a longitudinal study of national BikeSafe, and a large scale evaluation of IAM Roadsmart.
The following year an internal move saw Will begin his current role as Road Safety Strategy Analyst; managing two data officers and providing analytical support to the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP). This involves close working with Essex Police, including a long term project developing working practices to make the most of the CRASH system. Other projects tend to focus on identifying priority groups for engagement, and looking for trends in collision data to inform the content of the engagement. Will also uses road traffic offence and NDORS data, STATS19 collision data, and national published datasets to meet the information requirements of partnership managers and the SERP board. Most recently Will has completed a paper focussing on motorcyclist casualties in the Eastern Region on behalf of Highways England.