The Transport and Mobility Forum Cork (TMF) would like to invite you to this year’s Mix Your Mode Seminar which will take place on Friday 6th March at Cork County Hall. In celebration of International Women’s Day which takes place on the 8th March, we will have an all-female podium and panel discussion highlighting; ‘Female Change-Makers Transforming Mobility in Ireland’. The half day, morning seminar will begin with a series of talks followed by a Panel Discussion with opportunity for networking during the interval refreshments. There will be 5 speakers including our Keynote Speaker, Ms Anne Graham, CEO of the National Transport Authority as well as the President of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Ms Paula Cogan.
The TMF seeks to highlight the role of women in sustainable urban mobility and will feature speakers working in diverse sectors from transport to business, planning to policy as well as education and architecture. We will be asking the questions; What is the real cost of congestion in Cork? What is the future of mobility in Cork? Can we do more to make the transport sector more inclusive? Can our transport systems be more gender responsive? While there will be a focus on gender, the Seminar will be broad and cover many aspects of Sustainable Transport, Active Travel and how the built environment influences travel choices. The Seminar is CPD accredited.
Gender is one of the key socio-demographic variables that can influence travel behaviour, but it is often the least understood. Understanding travel behaviour by gender will help better design transport policies that are efficient and equitable. Women and men have different expectations, needs and constraints for using the various transport modes for their daily mobility. One undeniable example of this in the Irish context is the low number of girls and young women who cycle. In order to change this, the different mobility needs and requirements of women, female travel patterns as well as their safety and security concerns need to be better understood.
1) Anne Graham, CEO National Transport Authority
2) Paula Cogan, President of Cork Chamber of Commerce
3) Giulia Vallone, Cork Co Co Senior Architect, Capital Projects Implementation Unit, county Engineer dept, Cork County Council
4) Jeannette Fitzsimons, Lecturer, UCC Centre for Planning Education and Research.
5) Hannah Mulcahy, Graduate Planner