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The next Living Streets Scotland Walking Summit will take place in glasgow on 15 march 2019.

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Our first Scotland Walking Summit was a chance to hear how towns and cities across the UK and beyond are creating world-class places for walking. 

It brought together decision-makers, business leaders, place-makers and campaigners to discuss how we can create world-class towns and cities for walking in Scotland. 

And now we are putting together plans for 2019's Scotland Walking Summit, hosted in Glasgow.

Watch this space for ways you can register your interest.

Our Walking Summits

Walking Summit

Walking Summit

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Walking towns and cities are economically stronger and resilient. Prioritising pedestrians over vehicles helps to reduce costly congestion and increase footfall encouraging business activity, whilst creating places to attract business and investment.

Leaders around the world are beginning to realise walking is essential, and invest in better, smarter walking towns and cities that create a healthier, more equal society and deliver sustainable economic growth.

The highlights

Riccardo Marini

 

Keynote address - Riccardo Marini, Masterplanning and Urban Strategy Expert at Gehl Architects

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View presentation via Google Drive

Cathy Parker

 

Improving the vitality and viability of town and city centres through walkability (and 24 other factors)

Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

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Panel of streets experts

 

Showcase of walking towns and cities from the UK and beyond

Tom Platt (Head of Policy & Communications, Living Streets - Living Streets' Walking Cities campaign).

Graham Grant (Head of Transport Investment, Newcastle City Council).

John Dales (Director, Urban Movement - Glasgow Avenues project).

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View Jon Dales' presentation via Google Drive

Panel of council leaders

 

Prioritising walking in our towns and cities to deliver growth 

Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent, The Scotsman, in conversation with city leaders:

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, City of Edinburgh Council

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

Councillor Jim Thomson, Convener for Environment and Housing, Stirling City Council.

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Our speakers

Riccardo Marini

 

Riccardo Marini, Masterplanning and Urban Strategy Expert at Gehl Architects; Marini Urbanismo

Riccardo is an architect and chartered town planner with a deep knowledge of developing people-centred solutions. He is considered to be an inspirational speaker and regularly gives keynote lectures on place making and governance. He is challenged by how the bureaucratic systems we have created, in the name of efficiency; destroy the kind of places that bring joy to our hearts.

He is certain that the path to health, happiness, wealth and wellbeing is one that puts people, their culture and art central to our planning process.

Riccardo has been recently advising Argent, Lend lease and various municipalities outside the UK on how to make developments and cities more people centric.

Cathy Parker

 

Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

Cathy is Chair of the Institute of Place Management and is Professor of Marketing and Retail Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, where she leads and contributes to a number of commercial and research projects in the areas of retailing, marketing and place management. These include the recent £250k Economic and Social Research Council High Street 2020 project, which modelled and supported town centre change in 10 UK locations.

Cathy is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Place Management and Development and is Visiting Professor at the Institute of Regional Development, University of Tasmania, and the Higher School of Economics, Russia. She is widely published and has presented her research at both academic and practitioner conferences around the world.

John Dales

 

John Dales, Director, Urban Movement - Glasgow Avenues project

John is Director of Urban Movement, a consultancy specialising in transport planning and the design of urban streets and spaces. He began his career as a transport professional in 1984 after leaving Imperial College London with an MSc in Transport. He worked as a traffic engineer for JMP Consultants, and next for the London Borough of Newham. He joined urban design consultancy Urban Initiatives in 1996, and established Urban Movement at the start of 2011.

His work over the past decade has focused on two related fields: the access and movement aspects of complex urban development projects, ranging from whole-city frameworks through large site master-plans to individual buildings; and the detailed design of multi-functional, accessible and safe streets and spaces in urban centres and around stations. John is a street design advisor to several UK local authorities and writes a monthly column in Local Transport Today on ‘Transport in Urban Design’.

Lesley Macinnes

 

Councillor Lesley Macinnes, Transport and Environment Convener, City of Edinburgh Council

Anna Richardson

 

Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, Glasgow City Council

Jim Thomson

 

Councillor Jim Thomson, Convener for Environment and Housing, Stirling City Council

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All the free tickets have been booked but you can join our waiting list

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