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Richard Lambert talks to us about our Walkable London Best Practice event 2019, hosted by Be First in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Rich Lambert
Walkable London

It’s not every day that you have representatives from 26 boroughs and organisations that are working to make London more walkable all in one room.

That day this year was Tuesday, 22 February, the location was Barking Town Hall, and there were over 50 key people in the room.

Living Streets puts on Walkable London every year. It's a great way for borough officers to showcase and share best practice and problem solving around walking in London, and this years event was the biggest and best yet.

It was apt that the event was held this year in an outer London borough. Outer London is the focus of efforts to improve the walking environment, walking networks and get more people walking as it has the greatest opportunities to increase walking rates across the capital, and currently the lowest levels. This focus is working to achieve the Mayor’s Transport Strategy target of 80% of journeys being made either by walking, cycling or public transport by 2041 and converting the 1.5 million walkable trips made per day currently made by car, taxi or bus through the Walking Action Plan proposals.

Great presentations that demonstrate how walking is being prioritised in various boroughs; and Loved going for a walk!

Conference delegate

Thanks to our host, Be First.

Be First
Walking in the City

The included inspiring and excellent presentations from boroughs showcasing best practice examples from boroughs covering a wide range of topics with top recommendations including how to:

  • Successfully implement school street closures
  • Make liveable neighbourhoods walking friendly
  • Improve pedestrian priority
  • Run successful public health and transport collaborations and
  • Get older adults walking

We made sure we walked what we talked and went for a walking site visit around sunny Barking Town to review the current and future plans for improving the towns walkability.

There was also a chance to discuss and share solutions to issues in workshops; key discussions were facilitated by Borough, TfL and Living Streets staff.

The following topics were discussed:

  • Reducing motor vehicle dominance,
  • Pedestrian friendly infrastructure best practice,
  • School Street closures and
  • Creating walking focused transport strategy.

TfL and Living Streets also presented on Walking Policy and Design Guidance, with exciting updates from TfL around up and coming Walking Design Guidance and Strategic Walking Analysis tools and the Pedestrian Pound from Living Streets.

We will soon start planning the Walkable London best practice event for 2020. Watch this space for more news and if you have any questions or would like to find out more you can contact us on

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It sparked off my imagination about what I can do in my borough

Conference delegate

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