Join London Living Streets to launch TfL Strategic Walking Analysis and Planning for Walking Toolkit

St Martin’s Lane in London.

It is clear that the benefits of walking are huge. Walking as part of regular travel is the best way to stay healthy. Switching from motorised travel to walking reduces road danger, air pollution and noise. If more people walk and consequently fewer drive, the result is streets and neighbourhoods that are more pleasant and connected communities. 

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London Living Streets Fairer Pedestrian Crossings project update

Hundreds of crossings in London, like this one on Edgware Road, still have no green man for people walking.

by Mike Grahn, Robert Molteno and Alastair Hanton

The goal of the London Living Streets Fairer Pedestrian Crossings project is to rebalance the way in which London’s network of signalised road crossings is operated to give the best possible service and experience for those travelling on foot.

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Central London Walking Network conference report

St Martin’s Lane reimagined as part of a Central London Walking Network

“The zeitgeist is changing. The politics of the street are changing. People are asking how we want to live.”

Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets

This was Boys Smith, one of the chairs at the Central London Walking Network conference on 28 November, responding to the energy, ideas and enthusiasm in the room. The event, organised with Urban Design Group, was a turning point in London Living Street’s campaign for a dense web of walking routes connecting major destinations in Central London.

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Improving main roads in London

Improvements on Lea Bridge Road introduced alongside the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Waltham Forest. Image: Paul Gasson @AnalogPuss

by Robert Molteno and Jeremy Leach, London Living Streets

For a number of years, ‘smoothing traffic flow’ was at the heart of roads transport policy in London. This policy of facilitating journeys by motor vehicle infected everything – and negatively from the point of view of Londoners wanting to walk short trips, or cycle, or have clean air. 30mph and higher speed limits were largely unquestioned; pedestrian crossing timings were geared to keeping motor vehicles moving; signalised pedestrian crossings were removed; and roads capacity was increased, for example by adding more lanes, narrowing pavements or building wide turning radii at intersections.

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