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

Our National Walking Summit has, in just two years, established itself as a highlight in the street planning calendar.

This year we will 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.

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

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9.30  Guided walk from Birmingham New Street station (optional) 

10.00  Arrival and registration 

Morning session
Chair – Susan Claris, Associate Director, Arup and Living Streets Trustee 

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, Project Coordinator, Living Streets 
  • Clean Air Zone in Birmingham - Joe Green, Transportation Behaviour Change Manager Birmingham City Council 
  • Walking the way to UK City of Culture 2021 - Jo Shore, Head of Infrastructure Delivery, Coventry City Council 
  • Improving walking in Wolverhampton - Simon Lucas, Regeneration Officer, Wolverhampton City Council 

11.30  Creating walking towns and cities - panel discussion featuring experts from across the UK.  

Chair - Ben Still, Managing Director, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Urban Transport Group 

  • Anna Collins, Head of Sustainable Journeys, Transport for Greater Manchester 
  • Kevin Golding-Williams, Head of Cycling and Walking Policy, Department for Transport 
  • Bruce McVean, Strategic Transportation Group Manager, City of London 
  • Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands 
  • Jo Shore, Head of Infrastructure Delivery, Coventry City Council 

12.30  Lunch, exhibition and networking 

Afternoon session
Chair – Joe Irvin, Living Streets Chief Executive

1.30  Living Streets Charles Maher Award - Walking Champion 2019. Presentation to our winner. Archie Robertson, Chair of Trustees, Living Streets 

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. 

Chair - Aisha Hannibal, Engagement Manager, Living Streets 

  • Reclaiming the school walk - Dom Jacques, Moortown Living Streets Group 
  • Why wait?  Reducing wait times at London's pedestrian crossings - Mike Grahn, London Living Streets Group 
  • Chipping away at child’s play Rachel Jupp, Monmouth campaigner 
  • The 'A-board' ban - David Hunter, Edinburgh Living Streets Group 
  • Low traffic neighbourhoods – the idea whose time has come - Emma Griffin, London Living Streets Group 
  • Wythall Walking friends – Paul Offer, Phoenix Group 

3.20  Living Streets Annual General Meeting 

Led by Terence BendixsonPresident, Living Streets and Archie Robertson, Chair of Trustee Board.  

Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM. Only registered Living Streets members can vote.  

3.50  Close 

Our keynote speakers

Christophe Najdovski

Deputy Mayor of Paris for Transport, Travel and Public Space

Christophe Najdovski was born in Paris, in 1969, from Macedonian parents. He graduated from the University Pantheon-Sorbonne with a Master in environmental economics. He started his carrier as a high school teacher of economics in Paris and its area. In 2013, he taught social politics in the University Institute of Technology of Bobigny.

In 1993, Christophe Najdovski joined the green party “Les Verts”. He became an advocate for the use of bicycle in the city and joined monthly demonstration to defend a better repartition of the public space.

In 2001, He was elected at the Paris City Council and named deputy mayor in charge of transports of Paris 12th district. He thus contributed to the implementation of a green mobility policy with the creation of bus lanes, the weekly closing of the expressway on the Seine riverbanks and the launch of the bicycle share system: “Vélib’ ”.

Re-elected in 2008, Christophe Najdovski became deputy mayor of Paris, in charge of childhood policy. He created 4500 child care places and initiated environmental friendly approach in order to reduce the ecological impact of nursery activities and to awaken the awareness of children, parents and professionals to adequate environmental practices.

In April 2014, Anne Hidalgo, new mayor of Paris, appointed him as deputy mayor in charge of transports and public space. His 4 main goals for the term of his mandate are: to reduce atmospheric pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to promote a better mobility for everyone, regardless of age or social condition, to restore the passage of the Seine riverside and the canals banks, and to give back the public space to pedestrians ( children and adults) and cyclists.

Christophe Najdovski

Andy Street

Mayor of the West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands on May 4 2017. The primary function of the role is to chair the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, Britain’s most successful workers’ co-operative, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, Andy rose through the ranks to become Managing Director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

He was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region.

Additionally, he has been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Outside of work, Andy is passionate about the arts, particularly in the West Midlands, having previously served as Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the City’s Symphony and Town Halls.

In June 2015, Andy was awarded the CBE for services to the national economy. He was named the ‘Most Admired Leader’ of the year by business magazine, Management Today in 2014. He received the ‘President’s award’ from the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce in for his work in the region. He holds three honorary degrees, from Birmingham City University, Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

Andy Street

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.

Charles Maher Award

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.