Is walking the miracle cure to our public health crisis?

Come and join experts from Greater Manchester and beyond as we discuss the link between making our streets fitter for walking and improved public health.

We will hear from city leaders, transport planners, academics and public health experts.

Make sure the date is in your diary for this exciting event. We will open the event for bookings in December 2019.

The summit will run 10.30am–3.30pm with the Living Streets AGM taking place at 3pm.

Our supporters

The 2020 National Walking Summit is supported by Greater Manchester Walking Voice and Transport for Greater Manchester.

Highlights from 2019 in Birmingham

Christophe Najdovski

Deputy Mayor of Paris for Transport, Travel and Public Space

Christophe Najdovski was born in Paris, in 1969, from Macedonian parents. He graduated from the University Pantheon-Sorbonne with a Master in environmental economics. He started his carrier as a high school teacher of economics in Paris and its area. In 2013, he taught social politics in the University Institute of Technology of Bobigny.

In 1993, Christophe Najdovski joined the green party “Les Verts”. He became an advocate for the use of bicycle in the city and joined monthly demonstration to defend a better repartition of the public space.

In 2001, He was elected at the Paris City Council and named deputy mayor in charge of transports of Paris 12th district. He thus contributed to the implementation of a green mobility policy with the creation of bus lanes, the weekly closing of the expressway on the Seine riverbanks and the launch of the bicycle share system: “Vélib’ ”.

Re-elected in 2008, Christophe Najdovski became deputy mayor of Paris, in charge of childhood policy. He created 4500 child care places and initiated environmental friendly approach in order to reduce the ecological impact of nursery activities and to awaken the awareness of children, parents and professionals to adequate environmental practices.

In April 2014, Anne Hidalgo, new mayor of Paris, appointed him as deputy mayor in charge of transports and public space. His 4 main goals for the term of his mandate are: to reduce atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to promote a better mobility for everyone, regardless of age or social condition, to restore the passage of the Seine riverside and the canals banks, and to give back the public space to pedestrians ( children and adults) and cyclists.

View Christophe's presentation

Andy Street

Mayor of the West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands on May 4 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, Andy rose through the ranks to become Managing Director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region.

Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands, having previously served as Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the City’s Symphony and Town Halls.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees, from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

View Andy's presentation

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Councillors in the 2018 Scotland Walking Summit


Glasgow hosted the second Scotland Walking Summit in March 2019.

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Charles Maher Award

Presentation of the 2018 Charles Maher award


London campaigner picks up our Walking Champion 2019 award after groundbreaking parklet campaign.

Charles Maher Award

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Our Blueprint for Change

Our new Blueprint For Change provides campaigners and city leaders with a step-by-step guide to creating walking cities.