In June we launched our “In The Peloton With…” speaker series in partnership with Velocity Magazine. Over the past seven months, we’ve run a total of ten on-bike webinars with Velocity’s Toby Fox and David Taylor keeping things on track and asking the difficult questions, and what an entertaining, informative and insightful time we’ve had. We take a look back at each one.
We kicked off with an interview with Mike Axon from Vectos, who spoke about the Settlements of the Future. Explaining what mobility looked like pre-COVID and how it has been altered by COVID, Mike explored how planning needs to adapt so we can create the spaces, places and means of transport to develop people-focused developments. Mike also discussed the rise of the ‘third place’; another location to meet colleagues locally, between home working and days in the office.
Our second online on-bike chat was with Sinéad Conneely from Simple Works. Sinéad spoke about her route into cycling and Bike Lines London, an initiative born out of a group of Club Peloton cyclists coming together to try and create a safer, more cycle-friendly London.
In July, we continued with an interview with Nick Hanmer Club Peloton’s Chief Executive. Toby and David talked to Nick about the challenges of cancelling this year's events when COVID-19 struck, what plans are in place for future rides, and how to encourage diversity in the industry.
Our fourth interviewee was Sarah Cary, Enfield Council’s Executive Director for Place. Sarah talked about how the council worked quickly to support local businesses and residents when the pandemic hit, and how cycling and walking infrastructure changed during lockdown and the impact this has had on the area.
We welcomed Mike Grisenthwaite, CEO of Cyclists Fighting Cancer, one of Club Peloton’s charity beneficiaries, to take part in our fifth interview. Mike talked about the charity and its operations, how it has been impacted by COVID-19 and how the support from Club Peloton’s fundraising events is used. They also discussed Iron Survivor: Mike’s attempt to do 20 full Ironman distance triathlons in 2020, and how this too has been affected by the global pandemic.
In August, we spoke with to Elly Ward and Joe Morris, who showed us round SITE, their brand new café venture (due to open the very next day). Elly and Joe shared their story of how they purchased the dilapidated property on Hackney Road at the end of 2019, and developed it not only into their home but also their business: a plant-based kitchen, garden, gallery, materials lab and store.
Our seventh on-bike chat was an interview with Nour Jarrouj from London-based charity, The Bike Project. Nour talked about how she is helping female refugees in the UK overcome cultural stereotypes in cycling, through the Pedal Power programme. Nour talked about how The Bike Project’s work has been affected by COVID-19, her life and experiences in Syria, and the difference that learning to ride a bike here in the UK makes to female refugees.
At the beginning of November we were delighted to have Sunand Prasad from Penoyre & Prasad join us “in the peloton". Sunand talked to us about his role as Chair of the UK Green Building Council, the business case for sustainability, the role of cycling in sustainable urban design and his personal journey as a cyclist, which included some memorable moments from the very first Cycle to Cannes in 2006.
A few weeks later we were joined by Matt Slade of Wembley Park, who shared a fascinating insight into how retail developments such as Wembley Park have been affected by COVID-19. As well as discussing how landlords can help retail tenants through this incredibly difficult time, Matt also explored the impact and changes that the pandemic has wrought on how we live, work and shop.
Roger Madelin of British Land joined us for our final webinar of 2020. Roger not only gave a detailed insight into new development Canada Water and how cycling integrates into the scheme, but also lessons learned from previous developments such as King's Cross, the importance of placemaking and the impact of COVID-19. But most joyously, he shared with us photos and tales from his many off-road cycling adventures from around the world.
We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be back with a new programme of “In The Peloton With…” webinars in 2021. We hope you can join us for:
29th January - Caroline Harper, Chief Planning Officer at Be First
12th February - Carol Homden, CEO of Coram
5th March - James Goldsmith, Head of Leasing at AXA IM
Club Peloton members can watch the full webinars on the Club Peloton News page. If you're not a member, it's free and quick to register. You can do so here.