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Photo: Collecting thoughts at the DePICT stakeholder workshop

The Oxford Transport Studies Unit's DePICT project aims to investigate community-led infrastructure initiatives in London, UK and São Paulo, Brazil that increase the attractiveness of walking and cycling.

The second stakeholders' workshop of Oxford's DePICT project took place on Monday 13 March 2017, at St. Luke's Community Centre in London. Sixteen representatives of grassroots organizations, funding bodies, and transport authorities, largely from around London, attended the workshop.

Dr Tim Schwanen and Dr Denver Nixon presented preliminary results from their London study, interviews for which are almost complete at the date of writing. These centred around the benefits of grassroots walking and cycling infrastructures, some of the challenges faced by them, as well as their sources of resilience, and finally some assumptions around their expansion. This was followed by an overview of the upcoming fieldwork in São Paulo, Brazil.

Workshop participants provided feedback on which DePICT preliminary findings were most insightful and useful to their work, and suggested topics of interest with respect to the approaching research in São Paulo.

Practical ideass for widening the dissemination of DePICT findings were also given, with stakeholders suggesting UK organisations and individuals that they felt could benefit from the findings.

"The feedback that we received from the attendees was invaluable for guiding future project directions and enhancing our impact."

Dr Denver Nixon, Research Associate in Transport and Mobilities