National Walking Summit 2022
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Living Streets’ National Walking Summit 2022

Walking for everyone
Tuesday 22 March 2022 | In person in London and Local Networking & Viewing Hubs and also Online

Improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions, tackling inactivity, reviving local high streets and reducing congestion requires neighbourhood by neighbourhood action and agreement. But we need streets that work for everyone. This Summit will look at how we can create truly inclusive streets for all and how we ensure marginalised voices are brought into transport planning and design.

Living Streets curates this event from their experience working with organisations, governments, councils and local groups to develop policy and build community consensus and practical solutions to keep towns and cities moving and healthy.

This programme provides the largest review of best practice, key policy changes, public engagement and technical solutions on how to create better streets and neighbourhoods. This year’s event will bring together people from across the UK and internationally to explore how to break down barriers to walking and cycling in order to create places where people want to rest, play and spend time.

Held in a hybrid format with a main conference in London and an online platform. This year’s programme allows professionals, campaigners, Living Streets members, councillors, engineers and planners to take part nationally at our London studio, internationally, locally (online or at one of our networking hubs) or on demand.

The programme will assemble the most up to date intelligence on how to improve our streets, enable walking and develop low carbon transport solutions.


We are currently in the process of building our 2022 summit programme following the outcome of our call for papers (deadline for submission – Friday 1 October 2021). Full details will appear here in due course.

In the meantime we are delighted to announce our first keynote speaker.

Leslie Kern PhD
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies; Associate Professor of Geography and Environment, Mount Allison University, Canada

Leslie Kern is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World (Verso). She is the director of Women’s and Gender Studies. Kern’s research has earned a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award, a National Housing Studies Achievement Award, and several national multi-year grants. She is also an award-winning teacher. Kern’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vox, Bloomberg CityLab, and Refinery29. Kern’s next book project is an intersectional guide to gentrification, forthcoming from Between the Lines Books in 2022.


To complement the key themes of the conference, we are seeking case studies or research presentations particularly, but not exclusively, on the following topics:

  • How to break down barriers and create better places to walk, play and rest in areas of deprivation (eg investment in low traffic neighbourhoods, behaviour change programmes and walking infrastructure).
  • Listening to marginalised voices (eg people for whom the street environment may be inaccessible or unsafe) in street design or community development projects.
  • Projects or research that have a particular focus on protected characteristics (eg gender, race or disability) and place-making.
  • Cross-sectoral approaches (eg transport and public health) to creating healthier, inclusive and safer streets for walking.
  • Projects that challenge what ‘good design’ looks like – stepping behind the headlines (eg of bus stop bypasses and continuous footway) to address the limitations and opportunities to providing fully inclusive pedestrian and cycling infrastructure.

Submit a summary of your project or presentation by completing this short form, you will need to have your abstract ready to upload.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 1 October


In order to make this event as accessible as possible to all delegates there are a number of different ways in which you can participate in this Summit. You can join us in person at our main London Conference venue. You can attend one of our Local Networking & Viewing Hubs in Cardiff, Sheffield Birmingham and Manchester to watch a live stream of the conference and network with other delegates from your region. Alternatively you can watch the event entirely online both Live and On Demand. All ticket types give you full access to watch the conference On Demand. All ticket prices are exclusive of VAT. Scroll down the page to register your delegate place.

Attend In Person @ London Venue

  • Self Funded/Third Sector Fee £130
  • Public Sector Fee £195
  • Commercial Sector Fee £350
  • Virtual booth and physical exhibition stand £950 (includes 2 delegate places)

Attend In Person @ Local Networking & Viewing Hubs

  • Hub Fee £90
    Sheffield, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester

Online Participation Only – Livestream & On Demand

  • Self Funded/Third Sector Fee £40
  • Public Sector Fee £89
  • Commercial Sector Fee £160
  • On demand and catch up only £85

All Living Streets members who donate (suggested gift of £36 per year), will be entitled to a free online place at the Summit. Sign up here:

A number of bursary places are available for those individuals who do not have access to funding.

To be considered for a bursary, please contact Ruth Billingham at Living Streets setting out in your email why you would like to be considered for a bursary place. Ruth’s decision will be final.

Contact Ruth at

Deadline for bursary applications: Friday 29 October.


  • City and town planners
  • Local Government officers
  • Cabinet lead for Environment/Transport
  • Local Councillors
  • Education Authorities
  • Race equity leaders and community builders
  • Environment, Transport and Education Charities & Campaigns
  • Climate change, Environmental and Air quality groups
  • Disability Rights groups and advocates
  • Schools Governors, Chairs and Head Teachers.
  • College Governors, Chief Execs and Principals
  • Chairs of Education
  • Chairs of Transport
  • Academics & Think Tanks
  • Professional and Trade Association policy and research staff
  • Living Streets individual and corporate members


  • Age UK Bristol
  • Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)
  • Axbridge Action Group
  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
  • Birmingham City Council
  • Blaby District Council
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Bristol Walking Alliance
  • British Youth Music Theatre
  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cardiff Council
  • Cardiff University
  • Cherwell District Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • City Centre & Harbour Community Council
  • City of York Council
  • Colchester borough council
  • Cotswold District Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • DBFL Consulting Engineers
  • Dundee City Council
  • Ealing Council
  • Enfield Council
  • Everyone Health
  • Finchley Society
  • Food Active, Health Equalities Group
  • Friends of the Earth Croydon
  • Get Sutton Cycling
  • Gloucestershire County Council
  • Hampshire County Council
  • Hastings and St Leonards Living Streets Group
  • Cycle Forum
  • Kent County Council
  • Lambeth Council
  • Lancashire County Council
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • London Borough of Enfield
  • Leeds City Council
  • Leicester City Council
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Living Sport
  • Living Streets
  • London Borough of Newham
  • London Borough of Sutton
  • Manchester City Council
  • Mobilities Justice CIC
  • National Express West Midlands
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Oxfordshire County Council
  • Paths for All
  • Plantscape limited
  • Project Centre Ltd
  • Royal Geographical Society
  • Rutland County Council
  • Stobswell Forum
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sustainable Haringey
  • SYSTRA Ltd
  • Telford & Wrekin Council
  • The Highland Council
  • Transport & Health Science Group
  • Transport Initiatives (ACT)
  • University College London
  • University of Chester
  • Upper Calder Valley Sustainable Transport Group
  • Voetgangers
  • Vereniging Nederland
  • Walking | Cycling | Climate Action
  • Wokingham Borough Council ACT
  • Worthing Borough Council
  • Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust


  • Academic
  • Active Ageing Bristol Manager
  • Assistant Director, Highways, Transport & Regulatory Services
  • Cabinet Member – Environment, Highways and Sustainable Transport
  • Cabinet Member for Transport and Air Quality
  • Chief Executive
  • Chair
  • Chair, Sustainable Transport Task Force
  • Chairman
  • Communications & Marketing Manager
  • Councillor
  • Cycling Project Officer
  • Director
  • Discoveries on Your Doorstep Project Officer
  • Executive Member for Transport
  • Executive Producer
  • Head of Business Development
  • Head of External Communications
  • Healthwalks Co-Ordinator
  • HR & Support Officer
  • HR & Training Coordinator
  • Independent Transport Engineer
  • Infrastructure and Environment Strategic Lead
  • Infrastructure Strategy Team Leader
  • Lecturer
  • Living Streets Member
  • Local Campaigner
  • Marketing & Partnership Manager
  • Medical \practitioner
  • PhD student
  • Neighbourhood Manager
  • PhD Researcher
  • Planner
  • Principal Consultant Transport Planning
  • Project Manager – School of Engineering
  • Public Health Manager
  • Research & Admin Officer
  • Road Safety Officer
  • School Transport Support Officer
  • School Travel Advisor
  • Senior School Travel Advisor
  • Senior Transportation Officer
  • Service Manager
  • Sustainable Transport Lead
  • Sustainable Travel Officer
  • Team Leader – Design and Delivery
  • Think Travel Coordinator
  • Transport & Regeneration Manager
  • Transport and Sustainability Joint Lead
  • Transport Graduate
  • Transport Planner
  • Transport Strategy Manager
  • Travel Plan Adviser
  • Treasurer
  • Volunteer
  • Walking and Cycling Team Leader