Policy library

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We want our streets to be enjoyable spaces for everyone. The policies that come out of regional, national and UK government have a massive impact on how our streets are designed, maintained, and used.

Here you can read our policy papers, consultation responses and research reports to find out more about what Living Streets thinks about all of the issues affecting pedestrians in the UK.

Policy briefings

20 mph policy briefing

Living Streets policy paper 02/09, 20 mph brings streets to life. Updated August 2011.

Streets for All (Scotland)

Policy briefing on inequalities on Scotland’s streets

Naked Streets policy briefing

Living Streets policy paper 01/09, Naked Streets

Walkipedia (Scotland)

A comprehensive literature review of the health, economic, environmental and social benefits

Pedestrians and cyclists policy briefing

Living Streets policy paper 03/09, Pedestrians and Cyclists

Vision for London

Our vision for the future of London's streets

Living Streets Manifesto 2010

Our policies for the 2011 Scottish Parliament election for safe, attractive and enjoyable streets around Scotland

Backseat Children Report

Living Streets looks into how driving our children to school can adversely affect both social development and "road sense" (2008).

Parking Policy Briefing

Living Streets policy paper 01/10, Parking and the Pedestrian

2011 Scottish Parliament Living Streets Manifesto

Walk To School Policy

Parents and schools need safe communities and sensible environments if we’re to realise a vision that every child who can walk to school, does. Our new policy paper looks at what needs to change to make streets better for walking to school.

Crossings policy briefing

Crossing the street, Living Streets' policy briefing on crossings, June 2011

Living Streets Scotland Manifesto 2012

Factsheets

These factsheets are intended to be short briefing documents on wide range of issues, for a more in depth look at some of these subjects take a look at the policy briefings, research papers and reports.

20 mph

We believe that 20 mph is the single biggest measure that will reduce road danger and make walking safer and easier on our streets. This factsheet outlines how we can make this happen.
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Age friendly streets

Our streets pose more challenges to walking as we get older. This factsheet outlines actions needed to create more age friendly neighbourhoods.
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Better streets

This factsheet provides outlines the three actions needed to improve streets for pedestrians: 20 mph limits, increased crossing times and reducing street clutter.
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Ice free pavements

This factsheet explains how individuals and local authorities can make walking safer and easier by taking action to keep their pavements ice free during winter.
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Pavement cycling

Pavement cycling is a continual problem and this policy briefing outlines the actions needed to address this issue.
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Pavement parking

Parking on pavements is a problem and should be prohibited to make walking safer and easier for pedestrians.
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Pedestrian crossings

We believe that pedestrians should be able to cross streets safely, directly, without unnecessary and unreasonable delays.
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Safer communities

This factsheet highlights the importance of community safety to encourage walking and to build local communities.
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Social deprivation

This factsheet explains how people living in deprived communities are most in need of better walking environments, and how this can be achieved.
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Street clutter

Cluttered streets create barriers to walking. This factsheet explains the governments’ de-cluttering initiative, the removal of guardrail and looks at the problem with advertising boards.
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Street management and maintenance

This factsheet provides an overview of street management and maintenance issues, outlining the actions needed in order to create safe, attractive streets where people want to walk.
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Walking to school

Walking to school is good for children's physical and mental health yet walking rates are in decline. This factsheet outlines the actions needed to make walking to school safer and easier.
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Research reports

The Pedestrian Pound

Our new report makes a robust case that investing in good quality public realm can provide direct benefits to businesses and the local economy.

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The State of our Streets

This Living Streets report looks at how approaches to street management can have a real impact on local environments, and brings together examples of initiatives and projects led by councils across the country which have delivered better quality streets and value for money. Download the report

Making the Case for Investment in the Walking Environment

This report, by the University of the West of England on behalf of Living Streets, brings together robust, referenced evidence on the importance of walking and the economic, environmental, health, social and road safety benefits of investing in an improved walking environment. Download the full report, summary report or evidence tables.

Breaking down the barriers

This report looks at the habits, concerns and fears of over 2,000 children aged 7-14 when it comes to their walk to school, and proposes ways to break down the barriers.

Is it safe to let our children walk to school?

A survey by Living Streets and Parentline Plus found parents face barriers preventing them from allowing their children to walk to school, including the fear of abduction.

80th aniversary of Living Streets: No ball games here.

How UK streets have become no-go areas for our communities. A report to mark the 80th anniversary of Living Streets August 2009 

Backseat Children report

Living Streets looks into how driving our children to school can adversely affect both social development and "road sense" (2008).

Submission to National Institute of Clinical Excellence on walking and cycling

Review of Living Streets' walking interventions and implications for public health policy

Consultation responses

 

2014

Living Streets response to Department for Transport consultation on local authorities highways maintenance funding

Living Streets response to Department for Transport Cycling Delivery Plan

Living Streets response to Department of Communities and Local Government consultation on the Right to Challenge Parking Policies

Living Streets response to Department of Communities and Local Government Technical Consultation on Planning

Living Streets response to PUblic Health England consultation - Everybody Active, Every Day

Living Streets response to NICE Obesity - prevention in children and young people

Living Streets response to the consultation on the Design Guidance for the  Active Travel (Wales) Act

Living Streets response to consultation on the Delivery Guidance for the Active Travel (Wales) Act

Living Streets response to the Welsh Government White Paper – Listening to you - Your health matters

Living Streets response to Department for Transport consultation on the draft Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions

Living Streets response to Department for Education consultation on new home to school travel and transport guidance

Living Streets response to NICE Community engagement (update) guidance

Living Streets response to Public Health England Consultation – Development of a national physical activity approach

Living Streets response to NICE Older people independence and mental wellbeing call for evidence

Living Streets response to Welsh Government consultation - Proposed Guidance on Learner Travel Statutory Provision

Living Streets response to the Transport Select Committee inquiry - National Policy Statement on National Networks

Living Streets response to Department for Transport consultation on a draft National Policy Statement for the National Road and Rail Networks

Living Streets response to the Department for Transport consultation Gearing up for efficient highway delivery and funding consultation

Living Streets response to Welsh Government walked-routes-to-schools-consultation

Living Streets response to the Department for Transport consultation on local authority parking

2013

Living Streets Response to the Transport Select Committee inquiry on cycling safety follow up

Living Streets response to Welsh Government consultation - Designating settlements the Active Travel (Wales) Act will apply to

Living Streets Response to the Transport Select Committee inquiry on Winter resilience in transport

Living Streets' response to Transport Select Committee inquiry into level crossings

Living Streets' response to DfT consultation on drug driving

Living Streets' response to DEFRA's consultation on options to improve local air quality management in England

Living Streets response - NICE Guidance Behaviour change

Living Streets response to the independent Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment

Living Streets Briefing - Pavement Parking - Transport Select Committee inquiry on local authority parking enforcement

Living Streets Comments Form response  - NICE Guidance - Overweight and obese children and young people - lifestyle weight management services

Living Streets' response to Department for Education consultation on National Curriculum review

Living Streets Response to the Enterprise and Business Committee Consultation on Active Travel (Wales) Bill

Living Streets response to DCMS consultation on the Proposed changes to siting requirements for broadband cabinets

Living Streets response to DfT Consultation on Integrated Transport Block Funding

Living Streets response to a consultation to collect views about whether a Public Health Bill is needed in Wales

Living Streets response to DCLG consultation on the Review of Planning Practice Guidance

Living Streets' response to Department for Transport consultation on Examining the Speed Limit for HGVs over 7.5 tonnes on Single Carriageway Roads

Living Streets submission Communities and Local Government Select Committee on the Government’s Review of Planning Practice Guidance

Living Streets response to the Mayor of London's Planning Committee review of the role of London's town centres

Living Streets written evidence submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee draft Anti-Social Behaviour Bill inquiry

 

Living Streets Scotland Consultation Responses

2014

Living Streets Scotland response to Infrastructure and Capital Investment (ICI) Committee

ActiveTravel Devolved Power - Living Streets Scotland’s submission to the Smith Commission

Living Streets Edinburgh Canal-Meadows Cycle Route project

Living Streets Edinburgh Response to Edinburgh Council’s 20mph consultation

Streets for all? An analysis of the statutory Equaity Objectives of Scottish local councils

Glasgow City Centre Transport Strategy

Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment

Scottish Safety Camera Programme Review

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

2013

Local Air Quality Management

National Planning Framework 3

Scottish Planning Policy

Works on Scottish Roads

Cycling Action Plan for Scotland (CAPS) refresh
Scottish Planning Pollicy Review (stakeholder consultation)

2012

National Planning Framework 3 (stakeholder consultation)
Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee: Evidence on Draft Budget 2013/14
Responsible parking (Scotland) bill

Drink Driving Limit Consultation Response

Manifesto for Scottish Local Authority Elections

2011

Scottish Budget response
Pavement parking bill consultation response
110203 SOAs and active travel Living Streets review
2014 Transport strategic plan response
Living Streets evidence to committee on draft budget 2012-13

Manifesto for Scottish Parliament elections

2010

Inquiry into Transport and Land Use Submission
Obesity debate briefing
Blue badge reform consultation response
Central Scotland Green Network consultation response
Sustainable Land Users response

Walkipedia with Paths for All

2009

Gogar Rail Interchange Planning Application consultation response
Access to rail stations consultation response
Cycling Action Plan Scotland consultation response
Low carbon vehicle consultation response
Scottish Parliament Active Travel Inquiry consultation response
Scottish planning policy consultation response
Scottish road safety briefing
Climate change bill response 2009

Walking and Public Spaces: Public Opinion Survey with Paths for All

Pre 2009

Disabled persons' parking Scotland bill response 2007
Hi trans regional strategy Living Streets Forum response 2006
Hi trans regional strategy response 2006
National transport strategy response 2006
Public transport users committee for Scotland response 2006
Scottish road strategy response 2006
SESTRANS regional transport strategy response 2007
TACTRAN regional transport strategy response 2007
Transport bill response 2004
West Edinburgh planning framework response

London consultation responses

Conference presentations

Toolkits

Reclaim Your Streets toolkit
Reclaim your streets toolkit

Our 'Reclaim Your Streets' toolkit is made up of a number of practical tools to enable local people to create more walking friendly streets and public spaces. Divided up into three sections, it has a number of resources available to support you to promote local walking, assess your environment and take action.
Download the toolkit