Glasgow played host to the world's most important summit on climate change. We took three events to Transport Day (10 November), all shining a light on the part walking has to play in our response to the climate emergency.

You can watch the sessions back, check out some of the social media highlights and find out more below.


Electric cars? We should be talking about walking

Following Transport Day at COP26, an op-ed from Stephen Edwards, Interim CEO at Living Streets, was published. Below is an extract:

“The COP26 Climate Change Summit has put electric cars in the limelight, with government recently announcing significant investment in electric vehicles to reach Net Zero by 2050. But a real green revolution requires more active travel to respond to the climate crisis. By walking, wheeling and cycling, we not only cut carbon emissions, air pollution and congestion; we also improve our physical and mental health, become less socially isolated, make our roads safer and encourage thriving local economies.”

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Stephen Edwards
Susan Claris, Vice President of Living Streets

Reflections on COP26: it's time to change the conversation around transport decarbonisation

Susan Claris, Vice President of Living Streets, reflects on COP26 in a new blog:

"To reduce the carbon impact of transport, our towns, cities and regions must go beyond ‘cleaning-up’ vehicles. Transport decisions significantly shape the fundamental experience of living in a place, the health and well-being of people, and the strength of the economy. Transport solutions to the climate change crisis must also address existing challenges that rural, suburban and urban areas face in relation to excessive car-dependence (even if it is a clean one). To facilitate prioritisation and ensure a holistic perspective, we need to follow the hierarchy of avoid/shift/improve."

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Cleaner, Quieter, Healthier – the added benefits of transport decarbonisation

We collaborated with UK Government to bring this event to the UK Presidency Pavilion (Blue Zone).

Joining us to discuss the additional benefits of transport decarbonisation, from better mental and physical health to thriving local economies, were:  

  • Chair: Susan Claris, Living Streets Vice President and Associate Director at Arup
  • Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority
  • Sir Patrick Vallance, Chief Scientific Advisor and Head of Government Science and Engineering Profession
  • Chris Boardman MBE, Greater Manchester’s Transport Commissioner
  • Sharon Dijksma, Mayor of Utrecht
  • Alison Irvine, Director of Transport Strategy and Analysis, Transport Scotland
  • Pete Zanzottera, Active Travel Project Director, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority

Women leaders across the globe transforming street design

The way we travel around our towns and cities is changing. Reducing motor use and increasing walking, wheeling and cycling is key to reducing carbon emissions.

We brought together women from across the globe to showcase how changes to street infrastructure can change travel behaviours in a positive way for the environment, our health and local economies.

Joining us to discuss their approach to putting a more equitable society at the heart of their work were: 

  • Leslie Kern PhD, Author - Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World – What would a feminist city look like? 
  • Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor, Barcelona – Improved streets for women, designed by women – principles for more inclusive design.
  • Carly Gilbert-Patrick Team Leader - Active Mobility, Digitalisation & Mode Integration, UN. How women across the world are taking the lead to increase active travel and decrease emissions.
  • Leticia Sabino, Founder SampaPe - defining truly walkable cities across Brazil with inclusivity at its heart. 
  • Anabel Gulias, Deputy Mayor, Pontevedra - How a whole town has benefited from more inclusive streets.
  • Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convenor for sustainability and carbon reduction, Glasgow – Prioritising active travel as a key part of Glasgow’s carbon reduction plan. 

People make transport: communities enabling greener travel

This partnership event with the Sustainable Transport Alliance explored how diverse voices, enthusiasm and creativity can be harnessed to achieve low-carbon transport systems and behaviours in local communities. 

Transport emissions are rising faster globally than any other sector. While a shift to cleaner vehicles is important, it will take decades to take effect. To achieve meaningful change quickly, we must shift reliance away from private cars, making public and community transport, walking, cycling and shared mobility the ‘natural choice’. Research shows the social side of this change is vital: creating place-based solutions, integrating low-carbon modes, and encouraging and enabling sustainable transport behaviours.

The Sustainable Transport Alliance is the UK’s leading partnership of NGOs advocating for healthy, low carbon transport. Our thanks to Transport Scotland and Go Ahead Group for supporting this event, and to our speakers: 

  • Xavier Brice, CEO, Sustrans
  • Richard Dilks, Chief Executive, CoMoUK
  • Patrick Harvie MSP, Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Active Travel and Tenants’ Rights
  • Martin Dean, Managing Director – Business Development, The Go-Ahead Group
  • Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance, ITS – University of Leeds
  • Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convenor for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow CIty Council
  • Jools Townsend, Chief Executive, Community Rail Network

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Keep walking with us

We will be continuing the conversation in March at our National Walking Summit, when we’ll have a full day looking at how we can create inclusive streets for all & how we ensure marginalised voices are brought into transport planning and design. 

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