Is walking the miracle cure for 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.
Could our transport choices save lives? Is walking the answer to all our health problems? How can we get more people walking and make them happier and healthier?
Greater Manchester's Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Chris Boardman, will outline his priorities to create a healthier, more active region.
Professor Shane O’Mara will present the new science of how we walk and why it is good for us.
The day will also feature a stellar line-up of city leaders, transport planners, academics and public health experts.
The day will culminate with Living Streets' Annual General Meeting. Living Streets members are entitled to one free ticket.
Greater Manchester's Cycling & Walking Commissioner's welcome message.
Chris Boardman, MBE, Greater Manchester Cycling and Walking Commissioner
Chris is an Olympic gold medallist, world-record holder and three-time Tour de France stage winner and became Head of Research and Development for the Great Britain Cycling Team, tasked with creating world-leading equipment and coaching methods.
In July 2017 he was appointed by Mayor Andy Burnham as Greater Manchester’s first ever Cycling and Walking Commissioner, while continuing in his role as a British Cycling’s policy advisor.
In December 2017 he published his ‘Made to Move’ report, setting out a 10-year, £1.5 billion plan to revolutionise the way we get around in Greater Manchester and make cycling and walking genuine alternatives to the car.
Morning all! We’re in Birmingham right now for the @livingstreets Walking Summit 2019.— Croydon Living Streets (@CroydonLiving) March 29, 2019
Just a stroll down Corporation Street, where the tram runs. Motor traffic flow is very low and can only go one way.
Calm and pleasant street for walking. pic.twitter.com/INrbogCCRO
Great to be at the @livingstreets walking summit in Birmingham today. Lots of useful discussions and initiatives on how to promote #activetravel and #physicalactivity across a range of settings #WalkingSummit pic.twitter.com/R8D5RCyxSK— Food Active (@food_active) March 29, 2019
Our keynote address from Andy Street @MayorWestMids takes us through the reasons we need to encourage and enable people in the West Midlands to walk more. #WalkingSummit @TransportforWM pic.twitter.com/hLKh82YZqZ— Living Streets (@livingstreets) March 29, 2019
Congratulations to @BrendaPuech for being named Walking Champion of 2019 at the #WalkingSummit yesterday. Well deserved for her Parklet campaign and determination to change the way we think about streets. pic.twitter.com/P3ucPNF2X1— emmagriffin (@emmagriffin) March 30, 2019
Great to hear @C_Najdovski at the #WalkingSummit highlighting the work being done to make Paris a great city for walking, including transforming the banks of the Seine from highway to people way - loved it when I visited a few years ago pic.twitter.com/uci9CVSHZy— Bruce McVean (@brucemcvean) March 29, 2019
Glasgow hosted the second Scotland Walking Summit in March 2019.
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