Dr James Woodcock, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge

Woodcock2Dr Woodcock works at the intersection of population health and transport studies. He leads the Public Health Modelling Group at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), University of Cambridge.

He created the Integrated Transport and Health Impact Modelling tool (ITHIM), and is lead investigator on the Propensity to Cycle Tool (www.pct.bike) and Impacts of Cycling Tool (www.pct.bike/ict).

He is a core member of the World Health Organization Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT).

Presentation: The Health Impacts of a Mode Shift to Walking and Cycling

Dr Woodcock will present methods and results from studies looking at the health impacts of a mode shift to walking and cycling, with a focus on the physical activity benefits and potential harms from road traffic injuries. Different modelling road traffic injury modelling assumptions and approaches  will be discussed, including constant risks, safety in numbers, and factoring in changes in motor traffic volume. A brief introduction will be provided to the health benefits from physical activity and how these changes to population distributions of exposure can be modelled. Results comparing the benefits and harms will be presented, with consideration of how trade-offs might differ by age group, gender, scenario, and setting.