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On our feet: Putting walking at the heart of a vision for a more liveable London

  1. On our feet Putting walking at the heart of a vision for a more liveable London Inner London Ramblers AGM 8th February 2014 Bruce McVean, Founder, Movement for Liveable London @liveablelondon @brucemcvean
  2. 2 Thrive or survive? How do we remake our transport system to help ensure London survives current social, environmental and economic challenges, prevents and is resilient to future shocks and flourishes as a more liveable city? How do we ensure London thrives, rather than merely survives? There are some positive trends and good foundations to build on, but London needs an urgent transition to a post-car and post-oil transport system. Changing a city takes time – but we can’t afford delays.
  3. 3 The need for urgent change • Double carbon crunch • Physical inactivity • Air pollution • Road danger • Supporting local economies • Aging population • Growing population • Cost and pace of ‘mega projects’ • International competitiveness • National and global leadership
  4. 4 "Will the city assert itself as a good place to live?" William H Whyte, Are Cities Un-American?
  5. 5 “Streets and their sidewalks, the main public places of a city, are it’s most vital organs. Think of a city and what comes to mind? Its streets. If a city’s streets look interesting, the city looks interesting; if they look dull, the city looks dull.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  6. 6 80% Londoners travel time is on streets Bike 1 Bus Train/Tube Walk Car/Taxi 20 14 27 38 Percentage of time spent by each transport mode 2005-2011
  7. 7 “Roads and streets must not only provide for the efficient and safe movement of people, goods and services, but must also provide great places which contribute to the look, feel and reputation of the city.” Roads Task Force (2013)
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  9. Photo: Cyclists in the City
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  11. 11 “On any great urban street, every part of the current use has it’s fierce defenders. Local merchants will do anything to keep on-street parking in front of their businesses. Motorists will worry (not always correctly) that losing a lane of traffic means more congestion ... In most cities, the motorist’s perception is so dominant that their confusions can become political imperatives.” Jarrett Walker, Human Transit
  12. 15 “The automobile is a servant that has become a master ... Relegating the car to its proper role is essential to reclaiming our cities for pedestrians ...” Jeff Speck, The Walkable City
  13. 16 Pedestrians first
  14. 18 Pedestrians first
  15. 19 Photo: LCC
  16. 20 What do you see? Cyclists? Or pedestrians on bikes? Photo: LCC
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  18. London Councils, Walking and Cycling in London - What Residents Think
  19. 23 What kind of city do we want to live in? Shared vision and values Photo: Andrew Cameron, WSP
  20. “Walking is the beginning, the starting point. Man was created to walk, and all of life’s events large and small develop when we walk among other people. Life in all it’s diversity unfolds before us when we are on foot. In lively, safe, sustainable and healthy cities, the prerequisite for city life is good walking opportunities.” Jan Gehl, Cities for People 24
  21. @liveablelondon @brucemcvean

Editor's Notes

  1. Earlham Street, Seven Dials
  2. Traffic on urban roads has fallen by 7.9% since its peak in 2007
  3. Passionate campaigners
  4. Despite the headlines we have common cause Pedestrian and cyclist experience is often unpleasant and at time dangerous