Every year we bring together decision-makers, influencers, campaigners and others who just love their streets to discuss ways of making our towns and cities better for walking.

This year's programme takes place on 18 March, and for the first time our Summit will take place online - hosted and produced by our friends, City View - which means you can join from the comfort of your own home.

18 March 2021 - Join us online

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Remember - members who donate are entitled to a free ticket. If this is you, contact us via campaigns@livingstreets.org.uk

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, Mayor of Pontevedra, Spain
  • Judith Bokhove, Vice Mayor, Rotterdam
  • Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor of London, Transport
  • Rune Gjøs, Head of the Mobility Department, Agency for Urban Environment, City of Oslo
  • Dafydd Trystan Davies, Chair, Active Travel Board in Wales
  • Julian Sanchez, Active Travel Manager, Essex County Council
  • Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner, Sheffield City Region
  • Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner, Transport Scotland
  • Susan Claris, Associate Director, Transport Consulting Group in London, Arup
  • Michael Matheson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government
  • Eoin Devane, Senior Analyst at the UK Government’s Climate Change Committee
  • Lisa Hopkinson, Associate, Transport for Quality of Life

 

Themes for 2021

walking

How have city leaders across the world responded to the pandemic?

walking

How can walking be part of the fight against climate change?

walking

How can we make all our neighbourhoods low traffic?

Programme

Subject to change and with many more names to be added

10.00 – 10.30: OPENING PLENARY

Welcome: Rt Hon Lord Michael Bates, President, Living Streets

Opening address: Christopher Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Transport (invoted)

Presentation: Mary Creagh, Living Streets CEO

Questions from the online audience

10.30 -11.45: Building alliances for walking and low traffic neighbourhoods – above speakers plus additional panelists.

Chair: Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets 

Speakers:

Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor of London, Transport

Dafydd Trystan Davies, Chair, Active Travel Board in Wales

Michael Matheson MSP, Minister – Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity

Lee Craigie, Active Nation Commissioner, Transport Scotland

Julian Sanchez, Active Travel Manager, Essex County Council

Questions from the online audience and panel discussion

11.45 – 12.00: INTERVAL

12.00 – 13.00 Ensuring clean air and improving public health – How can walking help tackle our climate emergency?

Chair: Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Miguel Anxo Fernández Lores, Mayor of Pontevedra, Spain – reducing emissions by investing in walking and cycling
Anabel Gulias Torreiro, Second Deputy Mayor of Pontevedra, Spain

Eoin Devane, Senior Analyst at the UK Government’s Climate Change Committee
Lisa Hopkinson, Associate, Transport for Quality of Life
Dr Ian Mudway, Member of the Environmental Research Group, Imperial College London

Questions from the online audience and panel discussion.

13.00 – 13.30: INTERVAL

13.30 – 14.00: Parallel Sessions

SESSION A: Schools’ case for walking & low traffic neighbourhoods

Dean Jeffreys, Director of Local Impact, Living Streets

With contributions from a number of schools

SESSION B: Lot traffic neighbourhood strategies in London 

Stephen Edwards, Director of Policy and Communications, Living Streets - More space for walking, cycling and better air quality

Sarah Berry, Lambeth Living Streets Group - Winning consent - supporting and amending low traffic neighbourhoods in Lambeth

David Harrison, London Living Streets Group - Footways: creating a walking network across London 

SESSION C: The role of walking programmes in workplace wellbeing

Stephen Jefford, Non-Executive Director Living Streets Services

Lucy Symonds, The Phoenix Group 

Dan Baritt, Programme Manager, West Sussex County Council

14.00 – 15.30: Building back better. how are city leaders responding to the challenges of air quality, public health and the pandemic?

Chair: Dame Jane Roberts, Chair, Living Streets

KEYNOTE: Leadership and consent – Sheffield’s approach to creating Living Streets. Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner, Sheffield City Region

KEYNOTE: Responding to the pandemic with smart city planning. Judith Bokhove, Vice Mayor, Rotterdam

KEYNOTE: Responding to the pandemic with smart city planning. Rune Gjøs, Head of the Mobility Department, Agency for Urban Environment, City of Oslo 

KEYNOTE: The Planning challenge. Susan Claris, Associate Director, Transport Consulting Group in London, Arup

Panel discussion

Questions from the online audience

15.20: presentation of the CHARLES MAHER AWARD - WALKING CHAMPION 2021

15.30: National Walking Summit 2021 Closes

15.30 Living Streets AGM 2021

(Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, but only Living Streets members can vote)

Chair: Dame Jane Roberts, Chair, Living Streets

ADDRESS: Rt Hon Lord Michael Bates, President, Living Streets 

AGM Agenda will be sent directly to all members

16:00: Living Streets AGM 2021 closes

#walkingsummit

The streets in our cities and towns are changing.

Driven by the urgent response to the pandemic, air quality, concerns on public health, and the climate emergency.

Now is the time to make some of the biggest changes since the rise of the private car and the removal of trams, so streets are designed around people, not cars.

Our National Walking Summit brings together examples of policy and practice and showcases how to build alliances and roll out change.

With case studies and examples from across the UK and Europe - find out how change can be implemented.

 

 

 

 

If it works for walking it works for everyone

Living Streets is looking for sponsors for the 2021 National Walking Summit.

Sound like you? Get in touch.

Email jessica.blick@livingstreets.org.uk

Charles Maher Award

Charles Maher Award

Nominations are now closed and with our panel of judges.

Charles Maher Award

Listen again: our 2020 summit in Manchester


Welcome and opening remarks, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester


Keynote address: Getting Manchester Moving,Chris Boardman MBE, Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Greater Manchester


How getting more people walking can improve public health. A panel discussion with active travel commissioners from across the UK.


Living Streets Charles Maher Award - Walking Champion 2020 presented to Pauline Johnston

News: National award for Manchester woman who transformed her community


Keynote: Walking as a superpower. Prof Shane O’Mara, Neuroscientist, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin and a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator


Panel discussion: Is walking the miracle cure?
Public health experts from across the UK discuss the role walking has to play in tackling our public health crisis.


Healthy streets in action - lightning presentations from local champions from across the UK


Presentation to our outgoing President, Terence Bendixson


Closing remarks from Jim Walker of Walk 21.

At Arup we are passionate about designing places such as low-traffic neighbourhoods that are people-focused and enable more short journeys to be done on foot. Sponsoring the National Walking Summit allowed us to demonstrate our commitment to active travel and our support for Living Streets. The event was attended by Arup colleagues from across the country who have an interest in making our streets better for walking and we all came away from the event more knowledgeable – and enthused – about the direction of travel in the UK! 

Catriona Swanson, Arup

Where else could you meet Olympic Gold medalists, neuroscientists, Mayors, Commissioners, Local Champions, ramblers, amblers, traffic planners and campaigners?

Beth Sutcliffe, Greater Sport

It has been fabulous to be at all four of Living Streets’ Walking Summits and see them get bigger and better every year. This year was even more special for me as Arup sponsored the event. The passion in the room for the wonders of walking and the role that it can play in shaping happier, healthier and more resilient communities and places was tangible.

Susan Claris, Arup