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Our next Walking Summit will take place in the City of London on Saturday, 10 March 2018. Book your free place now.

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Come and join us to hear how towns and cities across the UK are improving people’s lives by prioritising walking. 

We’ll explore how Walking Cities principles are now being put into action across the UK and beyond.

Our summit will bring together thought leaders, stakeholders, decision makers, Local Groups and campaigners to discuss opportunities for change. 

We will also recognise a walking champion through the presentation of the Living Streets Charles Maher Award. The Living Streets AGM will follow the Summit.


Livery Hall

71 Basinghall Street
London EC2V 5DH


Book your free place now and we will keep you updated as details and speakers are confirmed

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Our summit is free to attend. If any attendees are able to support us with a donation to help us cover costs, we would be most grateful.

Provisional schedule

10.00: Arrivals with tea and coffee.

Chair, Terence Bendixson, Living Streets President

10.30: Summit opening

10.45: Keynote address

11.15: Prioritising Walking In Our Cities - panel discussion

Chris Boardman MBE, Cycling and Walking Commissioner, Greater Manchester

Dr Will Norman, Walking and Cycling Commissioner, London

12.15: Walking Cities In Action - stories from grassroots campaigners

12.45: Living Streets Charles Maher Award presentation

1.00: Lunch and networking. Food will be provided. Please add any dietary requirements to your registration

1.45:  Walking Cities - A European Perspective

Pascal Smet, Brussels Minister for Mobility and Public Works 

Christophe Najdovski, Paris Deputy Mayor for Transport, Travel and Public Space

3.00:  Planning For Change – discussion

Lynda Addison OBE, Chair CIHT Sustainable Transport panel

Lucy Saunders, Consultant in Public Health, TfL

4.00: AGM

4.30: Close

4.30: Fringe event for Local Groups

Our speakers

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman MBE

Chris, the world-record-breaking former British Olympic cycling champion, was appointed Greater Manchester’s first-ever Cycling and Walking Commissioner last year. He works across Greater Manchester’s public, private and voluntary institutions to boost activity levels and develop policy and investment plans for walking and cycling.

Will Norman

Dr Will Norman

Will is London’s first Walking and Cycling Commissioner, working to deliver the Mayor’s pledges to make walking and cycling safer and easier in the capital. Will was previously Director of Global Partnerships at Nike. He spent more than three years working to tackle the global inactivity crisis, with a particular focus on getting children more active. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys both running and walking throughout the capital.

Lynda Addison

Lynda Addison OBE

Lynda is a transport planner with over 40 years' experience in both the public and private sector at senior level leading major projects for central and local government. She is currently a Director of Malcolm Baker Consulting and was formerly Managing Director of Addison & Associates. Her current other roles include chairing the Sustainable Transport Panel of the CIHT, working for Design Council/CABE as a Built Environment Expert, and a director of the Garden City Developments CIC

Lucy Saunders

Lucy Saunders

Lucy is a Consultant in Public Health specialising in transport, public realm and planning. In 2015 she was awarded Transport Planner of the Year by the Transport Planning Society and her work won awards from the international UITP and UK Chartered Institute for Highways and Transportation. Lucy works across both the Greater London Authority and Transport for London embedding the Healthy Streets Approach, as set out in Healthy Streets for London, in policy and practice.

Pascale Smet

Pascal Smet

As Minister of Mobility and Public Works for the Government of Brussels-Capital Region, Pascal is currently at the helm of fostering sustainable urban development in Brussels by granting a bigger emphasis to public transport, and more space for cyclists and pedestrians. Minister Smet has launched several urban development projects in which public space is given back to the people of Brussels. In the spirit of Jan Gehl, he wants Brussels to move from being a city for cars to a city for people.

Christophe Najdowski

Christophe Najdovski

Christophe was appointed as Paris’ Deputy Mayor responsible for transport and public space in 2014. Christophe’s four main goals for his mandate are: to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to improve accessibility for everyone, the restoration of the Seine riverside quays and canal banks, and to hand back public spaces to pedestrians and cyclists.

Charles Maher Award

Do you know a walking hero or a streets champion?

Our Charles Maher Award recognises the people who have done the most in the past year to improve their streets and get people on their feet.

The winners will be announced at the Walking Summit - and nominations are now open.

Make your nomination now

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