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.
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."
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:
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:
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:
I am so pleased that I had the opportunity to talk about #Walking at #COP26 today on behalf of @livingstreets @ArupGroup - the wider benefits of decarbonisation and the importance of inclusive street design #WalkingForEveryone pic.twitter.com/36EWzYaUJO— Susan Claris (@susanclaris) November 10, 2021
Walking is on the agenda in the #COP26 green zone this afternoon 👣 So far we've covered everything from pots of paint for side road zebras to deconstructing masculinity! This is why #walking is so interesting. @livingstreets @LStreetsScot @susanclaris @AnnaLangside pic.twitter.com/MESg1ICIDY— Glasgow Living Streets Local Group (@Glasgow_LS) November 10, 2021
If you missed this session from Glasgow I think the link below will allow you to watch back. It’s so important we discuss the vital role active travel plays in the #NetZero target, as EV’s are only part of the solution.https://t.co/nzkhXCucE9 #COP26 #WalkCOP26 #ActiveTravel https://t.co/91jL5DY5BY— Dame Sarah Storey (@DameSarahStorey) November 10, 2021
Brilliant session on #WalktoSchool at the @WelshGovernment #COP26 roadshow this afternoon. 🚶🏽🧑🏽🦽🛴— Living Streets Cymru (@LStreetsCymru) November 10, 2021
👏🏽Since starting our WOW programme, #activetravel rates in Cardiff schools are now 78%.
More about WOW: https://t.co/zz21Vz8swX@TravelSchools @cardiffcouncil @livingstreets
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.