Senior policy-makers, councillors and business experts will come together to discuss how Scottish towns and cities can be world-class places for walking at Scotland’s first-ever Walking Summit tomorrow (21 March). 

Living Streets Scotland’s Walking Summit seeks to highlight the importance of walking and the economic benefits of walking-friendly towns and cities.

Guest speakers will showcase examples from across the world and focus on the opportunities for towns and cities in Scotland to improve their competitiveness by prioritising walking.

The charity hopes the event will emphasise the need for investment in walking infrastructure in towns and cities in Scotland in order to realise current economic ambitions.

Stuart Hay, Director of Living Streets Scotland will convene the event with guest speakers:

  • Riccardo Marini, Urban Strategy Expert, Gehl Architects;
  • Professor Cathy Parker, Chair of the Institute of Place Management, Manchester Metropolitan University;
  • Tom Platt, Head of Policy, Living Streets;
  • Graham Grant, Head of Transport Investment, Newcastle City Council;
  • John Dales, Director, Urban Movement;
  • Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent, The Scotsman, who will Chair a conversation with city leaders from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling. 

Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland said:

“Many of us are already aware of the health benefits on offer from ensuring our towns and cities are safe and enjoyable places to walk.  

“However, prioritising people over vehicles has significant economic benefits too, helping to reduce costly congestion, increase footfall for local businesses and create places which attract investment."

Leaders around the world are beginning to realise that investment in walking towns and cities creates a healthier, more equal society and delivers sustainable economic growth. I’m thrilled we’ll be joined by such fantastic speakers who will be showcasing these examples, and discussing the opportunities on offer for towns and cities here in Scotland to become world-class walking cities.

Stuart Hay, Director, Living Streets Scotland

The event will host 60 people, to request a journalist pass or to put your name on the reserve list, please get in touch (details below).

For those unable to attend, Living Streets Scotland will be live-tweeting on the day using the hashtag #ScotWalkingSummit

Event details:

Scotland Walking Summit 2018: steps to stronger towns and cities
When: Wednesday 21 March, 09:15 to 14:00
Where: Council Chambers, City of Edinburgh Council, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1YJ.