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:

  1. embrace Healthy Streets;
  2. support active travel;
  3. implement radical walking strategies;
  4. enliven smaller streets;
  5. and get on with it!
  6. Councils were also encouraged to use the propensity to cycle tool;
  7. get good data;
  8. integrate with good landscape;
  9. get to grips with new technology and
  10. 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.

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