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.
Tom Platt, London Manager, Living Streets: Speak up for your high street (1st April 2014)
The Living Streets Speak up for your high streetcampaignaims to ensure councillors elected on 22nd May champion people friendly high streets following election.
The campaign proposes six practical steps councils can take to help breath new life into London’s high streets by making them more inviting places to walk and spend time. Write directly to party leaders in your borough and ask them to take the Living Streets pledge.
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.
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.