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Our next National Walking Summit will take place in Birmingham on
Friday, 29 March 2019.

walking people

Our National Walking Summit is a highlight in the street planning calendar.

Join us, as we bring together thought-leaders, decision-makers and grassroots campaigners, to inspire and shape debate on how we can create towns and cities that are fitter for walking.

It also encompasses the Living Streets Annual General Meeting and our annual Charles Maher Award - Walking Champion 2019.


9.30 Optional guided walk from Birmingham New Street station

10.00 Arrival and registration

10.30 Welcome – Cllr Ian Ward, Leader, Birmingham City Council

10.35 Keynote address – Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands

11.00 Creating towns and cities that are fitter for walking. A series of lightning talks focusing on exemplar projects from the West Midlands.

Walk to school –  Raji Takhar (Living Streets)

Clean Air Zone in Birmigham - Joe Green (Birmingham City Council)

Walking the way to UK City of Culture 2021 - Jo Shore (Coventry City Council)

Improving walking in Wolverhampton - Simon Lucas (Wolverhampton City Council)

11.30 Creating walking towns and cities - panel discussion featuring experts from across the UK. Chair - Ben Still (Urban Transport Group)

Panel members:

Anna Collins (Transport for Greater Manchester)

Kevin Golding-Williams (Department for Transport)

Jo Shore (Coventry City Council)

Laura Shoaf (Transport for West Midlands)

12.30 Lunch, exhibition and networking

1.30 Living Streets Charles Maher Award - Walking Champion 2019. Presentation to our winner

1.45 Keynote address - Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor of Paris for Transport, Travel and Public Space

2.20 Campaigning in action. A series of lightning talks from grassroots campaigners:

Dom Jacques (Moortown Living Streets Group)

Mike Grahn (London Living Streets Group)

Phoenix Group: Wythall Walking friends

Rachel Jupp (Monmouth campaigner)

David Hunter (Edinburgh Living Streets Group)

Emma Griffin (London Living Streets Group)

3.20 Living Streets Annual General Meeting

3.50 Close

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The Banqueting Suite,
The Council House,
Victoria Square,
Birmingham B1 1BB

Our supporters

Thanks to Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Combined Authority for supporting our National Walking Summit.

West Midlands Combined Authority
Mayor of the West Midlands
Birmingham City Council

Our sponsor

Thanks to our National Walking Summit sponsor, the Phoenix Group.

Phoenix Group

Scotland Walking Summit

Councillors in the 2018 Scotland Walking Summit


Glasgow to host the second Scotland Walking Summit in March 2019.

Find out more

Charles Maher Award

Presentation of the 2018 Charles Maher award


Our annual award, presented at the Walking Summit, recognises walking champions from around the UK.

Nominate yours!

Highlights from the 2018 Walking Summit in London - video and slideshows


Prioritising Walking In Our Cities - panel discussion facilitated by Lisa Taylor, Future of London

Chris Boardman MBE, Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Greater Manchester

Dr Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, London


Walking Cities In Action - stories from grassroots campaigners.

Aisha Hannibal, our local groups coordinator, introduces four stories from local campaigners from across the UK.

View presentation on Google Drive


Walking Cities - A European Perspective - chaired by Tom Platt, Living Streets Head of Policy and Communications

Pascal Smet, Brussels Minister for Mobility and Public Works

Susan Claris, ARUP and Living Streets Trustee

View Pascal Smet's presentation on Google Drive

View Susan Claris's presentation on Google Drive


Planning For Change – chaired by Jonathan Bray, Urban Transport Group

Lynda Addison OBE, Chair CIHT Sustainable Transport panel

Lucy Saunders, Consultant in Public Health, TfL

View Lynda Addison's presentation on Google Drive

View Lucy Saunders's presentation on Google Drive

Our blueprint for change

Our Blueprint for Change

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