In accordance with government and NHS advice to keep social contact to a minimum and to support the nation’s health and wellbeing, we have postponed our Scotland Walking Summit.
We plan to rearrange the summit for some time later in the year, subject to health advice.

Inclusive streets: breaking down the barriers

What are the challenges to making streets accessible to everyone?

When it comes to inclusive streets, good policies aren't enough.

Too often at a local level, existing ways of working don't deliver solutions that take account of age ability and needs.


Through sharing practical lessons from Living Streets Scotland’s work with schools, older people and communities, this event will debate the barriers to local action on safe, inviting and well managed walking environments.

Living Streets Scotland has brought together an expert panel of speakers to debate how places can be designed for people of all ages and abilities, not just for traffic.

The Summit is a unique opportunity to share experience and innovation in walking policy, and the design and management of better streets and places.

Join us for discussion about who streets are for, how they are managed and overcoming the challenges. 

Our agenda

09.00: Arrival and registration, with refreshments

09.30: Welcome
Stuart Hay – Director, Living Streets Scotland

09.35: Welcome address: A capital vision for mobility and transport
Lesley Macinnes – Transport and Environment Convener, City of Edinburgh Council

09.50: Understanding inclusive streets
Penny Morriss – Project Manager (Communities) Scotland

10.05: Measures for older people's accessibility: Quick fixes and big impacts
Anne Docherty – Project Coordinator (Walking Connects)

10.20: Panel Q&A – Exploring the progress of inclusive streets in Scotland

10.30: Refreshments and networking

11.00: Making walking to school easier for everyone
Chris Thompson – Schools and Projects Coordinator

11.20: Interactive Session – Inclusive streets: Knowledge and learning challenge

11.45: Breaking down barriers to fair access: Priorities for action
Keith Robertson – Roads Infrastructure and Active Travel Workstream Lead, Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS)
Maddy Kirkman – Equality and Human Rights Disability Advisory Committee, Scotland

12.15: Keynote – Better streets: Inspiring a change in practice
John Dales – Co-Founder and Director, Urban Movement

12.45: Panel Q&A – Overcoming barriers to everyday walking

1.00pm: Lunch and networking

Optional workshop sessions in the afternoon
2.00pm – 3.30pm

  • Assessing walking and cycling around housing association property
  • On street issues and working with older people 
  • Practical steps on inclusive streets, audits and decluttering (with David Hunter, Living Streets Edinburgh Local Group)

Our Speakers

John Dales

John Dales

John is a traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer with over 30 years’ professional experience covering strategic transport planning to concept design.

Well known as a champion of better town and city streets, he was Director at Urban Initiatives before founding Urban Movement in 2011.

John is an urban realm design advisor to several UK local authorities, a new member of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel, and one of the London Mayor’s Design Advocates.

Lesley Macinnes

Lesley Macinnes

Lesley was elected to the Liberton/Gilmerton ward in Edinburgh at the local elections in May 2017. She was subsequently elected Convener of the Transport and Environment Committee and Chair of Transport for Edinburgh in June 2017.

Lesley is also appointed to the City of Edinburgh Council Policy and Sustainability Committee and the Shadow Joint Committee for Collaborative Road Services. She is involved in many community organisations, and is a board member for Energy for Edinburgh, Transform Scotland and Transport for Edinburgh Ltd.

Keith Robertson

Keith Robertson

Keith is a Royal Navy Veteran based in Perth and a graduate of Heriot Watt University.

He was invalided out of the forces in 1973 after an accident that left him disabled and a paraplegic wheelchair user.

He is respected for his professional expertise in the field of accessibility and design of Inclusive Environments, acting as Roads Infrastructure and Active Travel Workstream Lead for MACS, and he is the General Manager of Disability Beyond Borders.

Maddy Kirkman

Maddy Kirkman

Maddy is an experienced activist in the disabled people's movement through her work, volunteering and study.

She was previously National Disabled Students' Officer at the National Union of Students, and currently works in policy and research roles in Scotland's third sector.

Maddy is a member of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, ensuring their work is representative of disabled people with intersecting identities.

Our supporters

The 2020 National Walking Summit is supported by
Transport Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council 

Who should come to the National Walking Summit?

Public Health officials


Local Authority transport and health officials

Our supporters, Local Groups and members