30.09.2021

Women leaders transforming street design

The way we travel around our towns and cities is changing. Reducing motor use and increasing walking, wheeling and cycling is key to reducing carbon emissions.

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is bringing together women from across the globe to showcase how changes to street infrastructure can change travel behaviours in a positive way for the environment, our health and local economies.

Too often women, children, older and disabled people are excluded from designing and planning our public spaces. If we want urban worlds that are liveable, healthier and better, then we need to include more diverse groups in their development. The panellists will discuss their approach to putting a more equitable society at the heart of their work.

Susan Claris (Vice President, Living Streets and Associate Director, Arup) will Chair the session. The panel will include:

  • Carly Gilbert-Patrick, Team Leader for Active Mobility, Digitalisation & Mode Integration, UN Environment Programme (live from Kenya)
  • Leslie Kern, Urbanist and author of Feminist City (live from Canada)
  • Cllr Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability & Carbon Reduction, Glasgow (in person)
  • Janet Sanz, Deputy Mayor, Barcelona (live from Spain).

A facilitated panel discussion about what lessons can be learned and how their positive examples can be adapted worldwide will follow the panellists’ presentations.