Creating walking cities across the UK

Our first Walking Summit will bring together thought-leaders, international city representatives, UK decision-makers and Living Streets supporters to discuss how we can make ours world-leading walking cities.

It is free to attend, however all seats have now been allocated. We are still keeping a reserve list, however, so please add your name. Any spaces that become available will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


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Our hosts

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We are delighted that our summit is be hosted by Bloomberg at their offices in Finsbury Square, London.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Venue: City Gate House, 39-45 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1PQ

Our guest speakers

Our walking summit speakers

Janette Sadik-Khan is one of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation. She will reflect on her time as New York City’s transportation commissioner (2007-2013) when she oversaw historic changes to the city’s streets - closing Times Square to cars and creating more than 60 plazas citywide.

Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, will outline her vision for walking in London and share her learnings on creating walking cities with the summit. Find out more.

Ben Still, Managing Director of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, will draw on his experience with WYCA and the Urban Transport Group to discuss how we can work together to create walking cities. Find out more.

Event outline

10.30am: Summit opening.

10.45am: Keynote speakers and panel discussion: Creating walking cities in the UK and across the world.

Confirmed speakers:

Janette Sadik-Khan, New York City’s Transportation Commissioner from 2007 to 2013 overseeing historic changes to the city’s streets.

Val Shawcross, CBE, Deputy Mayor of London for Transport.

Ben Still, Managing Director of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Active Travel Lead for the Urban Transport Group.

12.30pm: Lunch (provided)

1.30pm: Rising to the challenge: A blueprint for change. Presentation by Tom Platt, Living Streets' Head of Policy.

How can practitioners, professionals and campaigners create walking cities? With Riccardo Marini, Gehl Architects.

Q&A, chaired by Living Streets trustee, Susan Claris.

Presentation of the Tom Foley Award.

2.15pm: Official conference close.

2.15pm-3.00pm: Optional Living Streets AGM with presentation of the Charles Maher Award to a top walking champion.

Why a walking summit?

Our cities should be designed around people not vehicles.

We want to get more people walking more often on streets that are fit for walking.

Creating walking cities will cut air pollution and congestion and at the same time improve health and quality of life for people living and working in towns and cities across the UK.

Now is the time to call for walking cities in the run-up to mayoral and local elections in May 2017.