Thanks to all who helped make Living Streets Scotland's first Walking Summit such a huge success.
We will be posting highlights here over the next few days.
Our 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.
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.
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.
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, 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’.
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