Scotland Walking Summits


Scotland summit 2020

Highlights from 2020

Inclusive streets

The 2020 summit took place virtually, with three online sessions on inclusive streets. 

The sessions drew on learning from Walking Connects, discussing definitions and understandings of inclusive streets. We also introduced a position paper outlining our intentions for future work in this area. 

Session 1

We heard from Living Streets colleagues Stuart Hay (Scotland Director), Penny Morriss (Communities Manager) and Robert Weetman (Technical Coordinator) on social and infrastructure interventions that support inclusive streets. 

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Session 2

We were joined by Catriona Burness (RNIB) and Keith Robertson (Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland), who discussed the challenges faced by disabled people navigating our streets. 


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Session 3

In the final session we were joined by Living Streets trustees Shruti Jain (Public Health Scotland) and Chris Martin (Urban Movement), to discuss approaches to combining physical and social changes to create inclusive streets. 

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Find a summary of all three sessions, videos and transcripts in our blog on the 2020 Scotland Walking Summit

Scotland Walking Summit 2020

Highlights from 2019

Towns beyond traffic

The second Scotland Walking Summit took place on Friday 15 March 2019 at Glasgow City Chambers. It reflected 90 years of campaigning by Living Streets to further the idea that designing for walking is the cornerstone of creating truly desirable, healthy, vibrant and accessible places to live.

SWS 2019 Chris Thompson


Pedestrian rights: the 90-year battle
Chris Thompson, Projects Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland

Access for everyone? A tale of two high streets
Penny Morriss, Communities Manager, Living Streets Scotland

Can walking save our high streets?
Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland

SWS 2019 Angela McShane


Road violence: a survivor's story
Angela McShane, The Reinvention: Triumph over injury

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SWS 2019_Jess Read


The iWalk vision for better designed streets
Jess Read, Principal Transport Engineer, Witteveen + Bos UK Ltd.

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SWS 2019_David Begg


Creating a buzz about walking in Manchester
Jennifer Wiles, Regional Director for the North of England, Living Streets

Connected cities: can Glasgow lead the way?
Professor David Begg, Chair of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission and CEO Transport Times

Highlights from 2018

Steps to stronger towns and cities

The first Scotland Walking Summit took place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Edinburgh City Chambers. It highlighted the importance of walking and the economic benefits of walking-friendly towns and cities. Guest speakers showcased examples from across the world and focused on the opportunities for towns and cities in Scotland to prioritise walking.

Riccardo Marini


Keynote address - Riccardo Marini, Masterplanning and Urban Strategy Expert at Gehl Architects

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View presentation via Google Drive

Cathy Parker


Improving the vitality and viability of town and city centres through walkability (and 24 other factors)

Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Panel of streets experts


Showcase of walking towns and cities from the UK and beyond

Tom Platt (Head of Policy & Communications, Living Streets - Living Streets' Walking Cities campaign).

Graham Grant (Head of Transport Investment, Newcastle City Council).

John Dales (Director, Urban Movement - Glasgow Avenues project).

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View Jon Dales' presentation via Google Drive

Panel of council leaders


Prioritising walking in our towns and cities to deliver growth 

Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent, The Scotsman, in conversation with city leaders:

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, City of Edinburgh Council

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

Councillor Jim Thomson, Convener for Environment and Housing, Stirling City Council.

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