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.
The Banqueting Suite,
The Council House,
Birmingham B1 1BB
Pick up one of the last handful of tickets, or manage your booking (including cancelling if you can no longer make it) via Eventbrite.
9.30 Guided walk from Birmingham New Street station (optional)
10.00 Arrival and registration
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.
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
12.30 Lunch, exhibition and networking
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
3.20 Living Streets Annual General Meeting
Led by Terence Bendixson, President, Living Streets and Archie Robertson, Chair of Trustee Board.
Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM. Only registered Living Streets members can vote.
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.
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.
Our new Blueprint For Change provides campaigners and city leaders with a step-by-step guide to creating walking cities.