Imagine London as the world-leading walking city it ought to be.

People visiting, working and living in the city able to walk freely and safely and breathe fresh air. 

Our campaign is about rethinking our spaces, designing them around people not motor vehicles.

There's a lot going on in London - find out what and how you can get involved.

Mayor's Transport Strategy

The Mayor's Transport Strategy is a big opportunity to put walking first. Find out what we are doing.

Bank Junction

An experimental scheme us underway to make Bank Junction in the City safer. We are supportive - and there is a consultation open.

Oxford Street

The campaign to pedestrianise Oxford Street by 2020 is making solid progress.

The Mayor's Transport Strategy

Sadiq Khan

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The Mayor of London's Transport Strategy is an ambitious step towards creating a world-class city for walking - 

A game changer: prioritising people walking and cycling, and reducing vehicle dominance.

To make ambitions a reality we have responded to the recent consultation with the following calls:

  • Bring forward a London-wide reallocation of road space from cars to people walking and cycling
  • Make 20 mph the default speed limit across London as a step towards delivering the Mayor’s Vision Zero ambitions
  • Direct the Metropolitan Police Service to enforce speed limits and pavement parking bans
  • Cancel the Silvertown tunnel and build no more new roads designed around motor vehicles
  • Pedestrianise Oxford Street and Parliament Square
  • Deliver comprehensive road pricing as soon as possible to reduce illegal air pollution and free us place for people walking

Read our consultation response in full

Download our response

Bank Junction - have your say

Have your say

Have you travelled through Bank junction recently?

The Corporation of the City of London have recently removed motor vehicles (apart from buses) from the junction during the working day to provide much needed safety benefits.

Bank junction has a high collision and casualty record so these changes are vital to make walking safer and more pleasant.

And now the City of London would like your views on the improvements.

Respond to the Bank On Safety survey

Need inspiration?

We have sent the City a response to its statutory consultation. Perhaps it will help you shape your responses to the survey.

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Oxford Street - the story so far

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Air pollution on Oxford Street is four-times the legal limit

 

 

Once a week

A pedestrian is involved in a collision on Oxford Street

150,000

More people each day expected in Oxford Street when Crossrail opens in 2018

4,000,000

Number of people visiting Oxford Street every week

After many years campaigning, with our supporters and Westminister Living Streets Group, we are thrilled that Oxford Street is set to be transformed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

In the run up to the 2016 mayoral election the then candidate responded to our campaign by pledging to pedestrianise Oxford Street.

The first phase of a two-part consultation, which was opened in April, comes 12 months after the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, committed to full pedestrianisation.

Despite earlier commitments, the consultation states there are 'no firm plans' for how TfL and Westminster will improve Oxford Street. It was therefore essential that those of us that support a truly transformative final proposal responded to the consultation (which closed on 18 June) and make our voices heard. 

In 2016 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, made the commitment...

“to turn one of the world’s most polluted streets into one of the world’s finest public spaces – a tree-lined avenue from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch."

Oxford Street myth-buster

  1. What will happen to all the buses?
  2. What will happen to all the taxis?
  3. What about accessibility for disabled people?
  4. What about people who cycle?
  5. Do plans for Oxford Street come at a cost for the wider West End?
  • We can’t just move all the buses to parallel streets. We need a comprehensive review of buses in London. Transport for London has been gradually rerouting buses in Central London to avoid Oxford Street. A further reduction of 40% of buses on the street will happen during 2017. In order to provide a safe and attractive pedestrian environment on Oxford Street the remaining buses must be diverted or the routes shortened. Careful planning of bus services combined with the one-hour Hopper fare means journey opportunities are maintained at no additional cost. The slight inconvenience would be compensated with a smoother journey into central London, cleaner air and the freeing up of public space.

  • With 38 side roads there should be no issues with designing sufficient taxi access and ranks. Consideration will need to be given to ensure traffic is not just pushed on to neighbouring streets.

  • A future Oxford Street must be open and accessible to all. Ensuring all adjacent stations are fully accessible should be a priority. Certainly the overcrowded footways many experience today are far from ideal. We will be working with campaign partners to ensure solutions can be found.

  • Although numbers currently cycling on Oxford Street are low, there is a clear need for a high-quality east-west cycle route through the area. High volumes of pedestrians would be expected on Oxford Street, so it would be sensible to provide a parallel east-west cycle route nearby so that conflict between people walking and cycling is minimised.

  • Transport for London and Westminster City Council have made clear that as part of the transformation of Oxford Street they will manage the traffic in the surrounding area and improve neighbourhoods for residents. There is already an ambitious plan to transform the area through street improvement and other projects. The removal of buses from Oxford Street coincides with a phased plan to shorten and redirect routes, rather than simply move them to another street. This will contribute to reducing the level of air pollution on Oxford Street and the wider West End.

Living Streets has seven principles which must underpin the transformation of Oxford Street

1 Make Oxford Street a world-class visitor and business destination - a great place to be and walk

2. Removal of all motor traffic with access to buses and taxis a short walk away 

3. Accessible to all, regardless of age or disability

4. A safe environment, day and night

5. Provision of a parallel high quality east-west cycle route

6. Careful consideration of the impact on the wider West End 

7. Consolidated deliveries limited to off peak times

Our campaign partners supporting these seven principles

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The Voices
of London

We chatted to some London residents when Oxford Street was closed to cars. Here's what they had to say...