Retrofitting for Walking – Talk the Walk

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Date(s) - 22/06/2010
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment


The theme for our meeting on Tuesday 22 June co-hosted with the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment, was “Retrofitting for walking “.

As this is an event to give as many people a chance to get to know others in the room, we limit the presentations to only a few minutes each.  Any participant that wants to address the whole room may do so – the more participants electing to do so the less time each of them has to speak!

Presentations to be made on the evening include:

Ben Addy, Sustrans – A Simple Guide to Creating your own DIY Street

Len Bannister, The Ramblers Greater London Forum – Get Walking for the Games project to promote walking using the “festival effect” of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Nicola Cheetham, Transport for London – Transport for London’s Streetscape Guidance

Mayer Hillman, Policy Studies Institute – Children’s Independent Mobility – can they roam more widely?

Jacky Kennedy, Canada Walks – Creating a culture of walking

James Keogh & Nadia Pedreschi, Design Detail Trail – Mapping overlooked design details in the urban environment

Liz Kessler, – time to retrofit one way streets

Tim Long, Camden Borough Council – Street furniture – new benches, bins and bollards.

Paul McGann, Landscape Institute – physical connectivity and inequality

Colin Munsie, Essex County Council – transport interchanges.

Brian Quinn, CABE – an update from CABE

Jonathan Schifferes, new economics foundation – Marshalls plc social well-being impact map

Mahmood Siddiqi, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – Exhibition Road – A legacy project for the 21st century

Andrew Stuck, Rethinking Cities – the Map of Walking


Prior to the Talk the Walk, from 2.00pm, Liz Kessler will be leading a guided tour of streets that have been “retrofitted for walking” – the itinerary will include:

  • 2.00pm start at Old St, Promenade, exit 7, meet by the tree with circular mirror base, near the way finding sign, then move as follows:
  • Bath Street
  • Radnor Street (noting route through gardens)
  • Lizard Street
  • Whitecross Street
  • Helmet Row
  • St John’s Street
  • 3.45pm finish – make way back to CABE for the start of Talk the Walk


Phil Heaton formerly of Cracknell kindly provided these two presentations of before and after work on two spaces in EC1 Gambier & Wenlake

Rod King from 20’s Plenty is unable to attend but would like to share this leaflet with you:LA_FAQ.pdf

You can download a list of the participants here and read the feedback and responses to it here.

Talk the Walk: Networking events for people promoting vibrant walkable neighbourhoods.

The format of a Talk the Walk event is fairly straightforward:

  • Meet up, and go on a walk
  • Mix and Mingle
  • Listen to a 3-5 minute presentation – up to 16 at any event – (let us know if you have something you want to talk about).
  • Ask questions – Share ideas – Create an action plan

Talk the Walk offers any participant the opportunity to speak to the whole group. The more speakers there are the less time each is given to speak.

Each Talk the Walk has a definite theme; themes have included: physical activity; emotional well-being and public space; animating public space; workplace health, retrofitting for walking; and children, play and independent mobility.

Bringing professionals from different fields together to promote walking is key to Talk the Walk, and in trying to achieve this and to keep costs to a minimum we have co-hosted Talk the Walks, with the Urban Design Group at the Arts Council, with Groundwork London, with Play England, with the London Borough of Bromley and with NHS Greenwich.  We are always keen to hear from other organisations that can offer us a venue that accommodates 40 people.

You can read about previous Talk the Walks on this wiki and find out what participants think about them.

Go to Get in Touch page to register your interest in a Talk the Walk or other Talkshops we offer form.