London Living Streets ordinary meeting
Monday, 23 July 2018, 6pm
Alan Baxter Architects, 75 Cowcross St., London EC1M 6EL, boardroom in basement
Walking and cycling strategies and design guidance: what’s the point?
Tuesday, 11 September, 6.15 to 8.30pm
The Gallery, 75 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6EL
Walking and cycling are now mainstream political priorities:
- London boroughs are revising their strategies and plans in response to the Mayor’s Transport Strategies,
- The Department for Transport has produced national guidance on network planning for walking
- Transport for London is preparing pedestrian design guidance.
This evening lecture, given by Phil Jones, one of the UK’s leading experts on street design, walking and cycling will cover:
- the importance and value of walking and cycling strategies, plans and design guidance;
- how to produce high quality documents that will have impact;
- the impact on urban design, and
- how campaigners and designers should engage.
There will be a Q&A plus presentations from boroughs that have already developed active travel strategies.
The event is organised by London Living Streets and the Urban Design Group. Admission is by ticket (£6.50 and students free) via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-and-cycling-strategies-and-design-guidance-whats-the-point-tickets-47759393632
Sunday 16 September, 2018
On Sunday 18 September 1988, Colin Saunders led a 12-mile walk to launch the Wandle Trail, from Wandsworth to Croydon. Over 200 people turned up and there were not enough of the just-published guide to go round. The 30th anniversary of the Trail will be celebrated on 16 September with a choice of six free guided walks from 2.5 to 17 miles, led by members of the Wandle Valley Forum, Ramblers and Long Distance Walkers Association. For further details contact Melanie Nunzet at email@example.com.
London’s Public Realm
On Wednesday 23 May 2018, London Living Streets and Urban Design Group hosted a joint event to celebrate London’s progress in improving its public realm.
The packed room heard from an excellent roster of speakers from across London. The event was introduced by London Living Streets’ David Harrison who began by defining our key campaign areas including low-traffic neighbourhoods, crossings and a Central London Walking Network.
The evenings’ presentations are available to download via links below.
Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture offered ten messages to councillors following the local elections. He urged councillors to:
- embrace Healthy Streets;
- support active travel;
- implement radical walking strategies;
- enliven smaller streets;
- and get on with it!
- Councils were also encouraged to use the propensity to cycle tool;
- get good data;
- integrate with good landscape;
- get to grips with new technology and
- use the temporary to prove a point.
Iain Simmons, assistant director for transportation at City of London Corporation, outlined past successes and plans for future transformation of streets in the City.
London Borough of Ealing’s Tim Melhuish spoke about the plans in West Ealing following the award of £6.5 million TfL Liveable Neighbourhood funding.
Amy Priestley offered advice and experience from London Borough of Walthamstow on delivering better streets.
Hackney Council’s Adrian McWhinnie provided detailed experience from Leonard Circus that was transformed into a vibrant public space in 2014.
Hackney Cycling Conference
It was also announced that next year the conference will add walking to its title. We believe this reflects an understanding that cycling is just one ingredient in a liveable city.
Presentations from the event are available to download from Hackney Council’s website.