Street Talks, April 1st – Balancing act: the roles of place and movement in creating successful high streets

The way we shop may be changing but London’s high streets are still at the heart of local communities. They are the city’s hardest working streets – having to accommodate through and local traffic while also being great places where people want to spend their time and money. Finding the right balance between those competing demands is essential if high streets are to thrive.

We hope you can join us for Street Talks on 1st April when Tom Platt from Living Streets and Louise Duggan from the Greater London Authority will be exploring the roles of place and movement in creating successful high streets.

6.30pm, Tuesday 1st April at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ – in partnership with Living Streets and Sustrans London

Louise Duggan has a strong track record in linking strategic thinking with effective programme development and project delivery at local national and regional levels in the public sector.  In her current role at the GLA she is responsible for delivery of £28m support for regeneration in Tottenham. She is helping deliver complex projects which promote urban renewal and economic growth by working with partners to secure physical change and support enterprise. Louise also is also leading on development of strategies to addresses the complex challenge of accommodating 1 million new Londoners while maintaining space for jobs and growth on London high streets. In previous roles at CABE Louise defined and led an innovative street design and placemaking programme. She represented CABE at a senior level, brokered multi agency agreements, and influenced national policy agendas.

Tom Platt specialises in city design and policy, with a particular interest in how people get around. In his role as London Manager, Tom oversees Living Streets’ policy and campaign work aimed at making London a safer and more inviting place to walk. Tom is a champion for 20 mph speed limits in London and has played a key role in its greater roll out within the capital.  He currently sits on the Mayor’s Road Safety Steering Group and Better Junction’s Review Group. Before joining Living Streets, Tom studied Urban Design at the JCUD in Oxford and worked as a regeneration consultant for URS. Between roles, he set up and ran his own fruit business, before selling in 2006.



Street Talks, 22nd January – The quick, the cheap and the temporary

The quick, the cheap and the temporary: Speeding up the transformation of London’s streets and public spaces 

6.30pmWednesday 22nd January at The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EJ – in partnership with Sustrans London

Is it time London learnt to loosen up and lighten up in its approach to the design and delivery of cycle infrastructure and other public realm improvements?

Over the last few years New York has been rapidly reclaiming street space for pedestrians and cyclists using little more than ‘paint and planters.’ Temporary and pilot projects are now being refined, adapted and made permanent. Should London be doing the same?

We hope you can join us for the first Street Talks of 2014 when our panel of speakers will explore the potential for quick, cheap and temporary projects to speed up the transformation of London’s streets and public spaces:

  • Hannah Padgett from Sustrans will explain how the Pocket Places project in Peckham is using temporary and semi-permanent interventions to transform unused spaces along Rye Lane and stimulate debate about the future of this important local high street;
  • Brian Deegan, who pioneered ‘light segregation’ for cycle lanes on Royal College Street, Camden and is one of the authors of Transport for London’s new Cycle Design Standards will consider the importance of adaptability when delivering cycle infrastructure; and
  • Hackney Council’s Ben Kennedy will present a series of case studies at a range of scales – from on-street cycle lockers to a pilot project to test the potential for pedestrianising the Narrow Way on Mare Street.

Second annual Hackney Cycling conference, 6th June

We’re delighted to be supporting the second annual Hackney Cycling Conference which is being held on Thursday 6th June at Hackney Town Hall.

The conference will explore the potential to turn recent high level political support for cycling, ambitious policy statements and successful campaigns into real change on the ground and create conditions that encourage a significant increase in the number of people riding bikes.

Speakers include:

  • Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney
  • Andrew Gilligan, London Cycling Commissioner
  • Prof. Phil Goodwin, University of the West of England and author of the APPCG report ‘Get Britain Cycling’
  • Dr Adrian Davis, Bristol City Council on the Bristol model for collaboration on public health and transport
  • Prof. Harry Rutter, Public Health England and Halsa Consulting on cycling risks and benefits
  • Chris Procter, Design and Engineering Manager at Hackney Council on the principles of permeability
  • Sophie Tyler, The Means on cycling and retail
  • Oliver Schick, London Cycling Campaign in Hackney on building local support for road space reallocation
  • The Canal and River Trust on managing shared space on Greenways
  • Mark Strong, Transport Initiatives on designing for different kerb-side needs

Hackney Town Hall, Assembly Halls, Mare St (entrance from Reading Lane), E8 1EA, Thursday 6th June, 9am-4pm.

You can register to attend and find more information here (registration fee £25).

The Hackney Cycling Conference is organised by Hackney Council and supported by London Cycling Campaign in Hackney, Movement for Liveable London, Transport Initiatives, SKM Colin Buchanan.

Video – presentations from masterclass on campaigning for 20mph, 1st May

Rod King, 20’s Plenty for Us

Caroline Russell, Islington Living Streets

Jeremy Leach, 20’s Plenty for Us and Jacqueline Saunders, Camden Council

Videos produced by Brian Jones from Media for the Web. The masterclass was part of 3Space’s Re:THINK festival and was held in association with 20’s Plenty for Us and Living Streets.

Masterclass on campaigning for 20mph, 1st May

Reducing urban speed limits makes streets safer and more pleasant places to be – helping to encourage walking and cycling, revitalise local high streets and reduce air pollution.

8.5 million people around the UK (including 1.5 million in London) already live in local authorities with a policy of rolling out 20mph limits on most roads. These include cities such as Oxford, Cambridge, York and Liverpool, and the whole of Lancashire.

This masterclass will explore the reasons why implementing 20mph across London makes sense and consider how to successfully campaign for lower speed limits on streets where people live, work and shop.

Rod King and Jeremy Leach from 20’s Plenty for Us will outline the wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits of 20mph and explain how its 189 local campaigns are transforming the way our roads are shared; and Caroline Russell from Islington Living Streets will explain how and why Islington became the first borough in London to implement 20mph on all their streets.

7pm on Wednesday 1st May at 3Space Blackfriars, 58 Victoria Embankment, EC4Y 0DS.

The masterclass is free but space is limited, please register here if you’d like to attend.

This event is part of 3Space’s Re:Think Festival and is being held in association with Living Streets and 20’s Plenty for Us.

A better Westminster for pedestrians

Living Streets work to create streets that really put people first. When we have streets we want to walk in, lives are transformed – we are healthier, happier and more sociable. Living Streets Local Groups make a real difference by campaigning on the issues that matter in their local area.

We’re partnering with Living Streets to launch their new Westminster Living Streets Group on Tuesday 12th March . We’ll be joined by Sir Terry Farrell, one of the world’s foremost urban planners and architects, who will be sharing his vision for a more people friendly Westminster. We hope you can join us too.

6.30 for 7pm, 12th March at Terry Farrell and Partners, 7 Hatton Street, NW8 8PL. Directions here (pdf).

During forty years in practice, Terry Farrell has transformed London’s skyline and animated the banks of the Thames with his Charing Cross and MI6 headquarters buildings. It is, though, through his long-term involvement in the region’s urban planning – through specific projects, as well as through advocacy and initiating public debate – that Farrell has made his greatest contribution . He is currently the government champion for the planning of the Thames Gateway and advises the Mayor of London on his Design Advisory Committee.

If you would like to know more please contact Tom Platt at Living Streets –

What’s next for Cycle Safe?

At June’s Street Talk we asked people to share their thoughts on what The Times Cycle Safe Campaign should do next by responding to the following questions – you can see the reponses to each question and add your comments/suggestions by following the links below (please note the deadline for additional comments is 2nd July):

1a) Did we get our manifesto right? What would you have in there if we wrote it again?

1b) Many senior politicians including Boris Johnson have pledged their support for the campaign, how should they be held to account and their track record assessed?

2) Local councillors and local government representatives have the final say on how money is spent in their area; how do we reach them and convince them this is important?

3a) What are the priority issues that need to be addressed to make London and other cities fit for cycling?

3b) What are the short, medium and long term opportunities to make London and other cities fit for cycling?

4a) What articles should The Times commission to encourage non-cyclists to support the aims of the campaign?

4b) Are there campaigns/organisations that The Times should support/partner with to achieve the aims of the Cycle Safe campaign?