Annual Walking Summit, London, Saturday 10 March.
How can towns and cities prioritise walking? The Living Streets annual Walking Summit provides an impressive range of views from speakers including:
- Chris Boardman, former cycling world champion and Greater Manchester’s first walking and cycling commissioner;
- Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner;
- senior politicians from Brussels and Paris;
- Lucy Saunders, developer of the Healthy Streets approach;
- and London Living Streets’ Brenda Puech and David Harrison.
Friday March 9New National Planning Policy Framework endorses walking
This week Prime Minister, Theresa May, launched the new National Planning Policy Framework. The main focus is housing, but there is a welcome mention of active travel.
Paragraph 105 states that, forthwith, planning policies should “minimise the number and length of journeys needed for employment, shopping, leisure, education and other activities” and “provide for high-quality walking and cycling networks and supporting facilities such as cycle parking – drawing on Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans”.
However, there are concerns that strategic plans could be weaker on health and wellbeing, and on adherence to the provisions of the Climate Act 2008.
You have until May 10 to respond.
City of London calls for responses to Transport Strategy
The City of London Corporation is keen to get views on its long term Transport Strategy. Fill in the survey and be bold in asking for a major reallocation of road space to pedestrians and cyclists, and closing many roads to through-traffic.
Also see the amazing research the City has undertaken that reveals that pedestrians make up over 50% of people on streets in the City, but gain only 9% of street space.