THE 2020 NATIONAL WALKING SUMMIT WILL TAKE PLACE IN MANCHESTER ON FRIDAY, 6 MARCH

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.

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.

Public registration begins 18 December.

Join us in Manchester


Greater Manchester's Cycling & Walking Commissioner's welcome message.

Our draft agenda

9.15am: Guided walking tour from station (optional)

10.00: Arrival and registration

10.30: Welcome

10.35: Keynote address: Getting Manchester Moving

Chris Boardman MBE, Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Greater Manchester

11.00: Living Streets report launch – Joe Irvin, Living Streets

11.15: How getting more people walking can improve public health. A panel discussion with active travel commissioners from across the UK. Speakers confirmed to date:

• Chris Boardman MBE, Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Greater Manchester
• Will Norman, Walking and Cycling commissioner, London
• Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner, Sheffield City Region
• Simon O’Brien, Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Liverpool City Region

12.15pm: Lunch and networking

1.15: 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

1.45: Panel discussion on: 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.

2.45: Campaigning in action – case studies from our grassroots campaigners

3.15: Living Streets Walking Champion – Charles Maher Award 2020
Thank you to our outgoing President and Vice President

3.30: AGM

4.00: Close and guided walking tour (optional)

Our speakers

More tbc

Chris Boardman, MBE

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.

 

Shane O'Mara

Shane O'Mara, Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin

He is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator and a Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator, and a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Shane's research interests explore the brain systems supporting learning, memory, and cognition, and also the brain systems affected by stress and depression. He has published approximately 140 academic papers and has edited three academic books.

His latest book is 'In Praise of Walking: The new science of how we walk and why it’s good for us', an Irish Times Top Ten best-seller. He is an ardent proponent of the need to integrate walking into every aspect of our everyday lives.

Who should come to the National Walking Summit?

Public Health officials

Academics

Living Streets supporters, Local Groups and members

Local Authority transport and health officials

Anyone with an interest in transport planning and/or public health

Our supporters

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

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