On our feet: Putting walking at the heart of a vision for a more liveable London – Bruce McVean’s Ideas for London presentation

On 14th June Bruce McVean, Founder of Movement for Liveable London, joined John Dales and Councillor Vincent Stops to discuss the future of transport in London at Christian Wolmar’s Ideas for London conference.

You can watch Bruce’s presentation and view his slides below, videos of all the conference speakers are available here.


An open letter on Camden’s West End Project – We support Camden’s vision for the West End and we hope you will too

The letter below is signed by people who, despite having different areas of focus – walking campaigning, cycling campaigning, street design, sustainable living, share a strong common interest in making our town and city streets much more attractive places to move in on foot and by bike, and simply to be in.

We support Camden’s vision for the West End and we hope you will too

Last week, Camden Council launched a public consultation on its West End Project, which envisages significant change to the layout and use of Tottenham Court Road, Gower Street, and neighbouring streets and spaces. It’s a project with the ambitious overall objectives of making this part of London much more pleasant to be in, much more attractive to get to/from and around on foot and by bike, and better for access by both bus and train (including from the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station). Details can be found here.

The basis for achieving these objectives is the return of both Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street to two-way working, the exclusion of through motor traffic except buses from Tottenham Court Road during weekdays, significant reductions in traffic flows on the majority of streets in the area, and the reallocation of carriageway space for walking, cycling, trees and public space.

Each of us has different views as to how the current proposals could be improved, and we will be making different representations to Camden accordingly.

However, the reason we’re putting our names to this open letter is that, while our views on the current proposals might differ, we share the view that Camden’s overall vision of streets that are more inclusive of walking and cycling deserves our support. The West End Project presents the real opportunity to show how even the busiest London streets can be reclaimed from motor traffic dominance and made into much more enjoyable places for people. If successful, the project will do much to enable progressive schemes to be implemented elsewhere in this city, and others.

Projects like this are hugely complex, none is ever perfect, and no individual or group is ever likely to have all their needs and aspirations met. That’s one of the reasons we don’t all agree as to how Camden’s proposals should be developed. But we’re determined that our criticism will be constructive, so that the Council is encouraged to build on, not retreat from, its current proposals. We urge you to do likewise.

Bruce McVean, Founder, Movement for Liveable London

John Dales, Director, Urban Movement

Cllr Caroline Russell, Local Transport Spokesperson, The Green Party

Mark Ames, Editor, ibikelondon blog

Putting streets on the political agenda – Register now for the Living Streets Supporters’ Conference

Putting streets on the political agenda: General Election 2015

Living Streets Supporters’ Conference

10am – 4.30pm, Saturday 21st June at NCVO, King’s Cross, London.

We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s Living Streets Supporters’ Conference.

The central theme for this year’s conference is putting streets and walking on the political agenda in the run up to the General Election. With the election only 11 months away the time to get streets on the political agenda is now.

The packed programme for the day includes a keynote address from John Whitelegg, who will be addressing ‘putting sustainable transport at the of election campaigning’; Streets Question Time – your chance to ask representatives from the main political parties about there plans to put pedestrians at the heart of transport policy; and masterclass sessions covering engaging with MPs and decision makers, running a successful local campaigning group and online campaign tactics to inspire change.

The conference is free to attend. You can find more details and register to attend here.

Street Screen – the best of the Streetfilms archive

Streetfilms showcase – 7pm, Friday 6th June at Hackney Picture House, Mare Street, E8

Join us and Hackney Council on the evening of 6th June as we delve into the archive of Streetfilms – an inspiring showcase of projects and places from around the world, from the cycle friendly streets of Groningen to San Francisco via Copenhagen, Bogota, New York and more.

New York based Streetfilms have been producing short films showing how smart public realm design produces better places to live, work and play since 2006. They have become the go-to organisation for films on liveable streets, with over 8 million views of the 600 films in their archive

Tickets for the 90 minute screening are just £5 – available here. The entry price includes a post-screening drink courtesy of Steer Davies Gleave.


Register now for Hackney Cycling Conference, 6th June

Hackney Cycling Conference

9am – 4.30pm, Friday 6th June at Hackney Picture House, Mare Street, E8 1HE

We’re delighted to be supporting this year’s Hackney Cycling Conference – organised by Hackney Council in partnership with London Cycling Campaign in Hackney.

Now in its third year the conference is a great opportunity to hear from a wide range of speakers and join transport professionals, politicians, academics and campaigners to discuss the challenges and opportunities to growing cycling in London – all for just £25.

Speakers include:

  • Mary Creagh MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
  • Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney
  • Andrew Gilligan, London Cycling Commissioner
  • Klaus Bondham, Director at Danish Cyclists’ Federation
  • Bruce McVean, Movement for Liveable London
  • John Dales, Director of Urban Movement
  • Brian Deegan & Paul Lavelle, Transport for London
  • Peter Piet, Steer Davies Gleave
  • Roy Thompson, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
  • Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport, University of Westminster
  • Jeremy Leach, 20’s Plenty For Us
  • David Dansky, Cycle Training UK
  • Lucy Saunders, Public Health Specialist, Greater London Authority/ Transport for London

You can register to attend and find more details here.

Towards a healthier and happier city – Bruce McVean to speak at Islington Cyclists’ Action Group AGM, 14th May

Towards a healthier and happier city: why London’s transport system needs to change 

8.30pm, Wednesday 14th May at Islington Town Hall

Bruce McVean, Founder of Movement for Liveable London will be the guest speaker at Islington Cyclists’ Action Group AGM on 14th May. His talk will consider how the way people and goods travel around the city must change if we’re to ensure a healthy and happy future for London and Londoners.

Bruce’s talk will be part of ICAG’s AGM, but is open to everyone. Light refreshments will be available prior to the talk which will start at 8.30pm (the main business of the AGM starts at 7.30).

Full details here.