Ben Spencer and Tom Shopland attended the London Bike Show 2019 at London ExCel on Friday 29th March. Ben made a presentation on the main stage on 'Older Riding & E-Bikes'.
Ben highlighted how cycling in the UK is relatively rare among the older population due to fears over safety and increasing difficulties with the ageing body, unsupportive built environment and technology ill adapted to their needs. He explained how the award-winning cycle BOOM study (www.cycleboom.org) there is the potential to engage a significant number of older people in cycling and how this could support improved mobility, health and wellbeing. This is especially true given the growth in the availability of e-bikes. These were found to provide health and wellbeing benefits on a par or better than pedal cycles - and to be the perfect tool for local microadventures.'
Who We Met
Co-CAFE is led by Tim Jones (Reader in Urban Mobility) with Ben Spencer (Research Fellow) and Tom Shopland (Co-CAFE project administrator) based in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University.