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Walking in Central London: past and future

11 June 18:30 - 19:30
Organized by: The London Society

Londoners have always walked. Central London was and still can be very walkable city. This talk traces the chequered history of the pedestrian. The second half of the 19th century was a watershed, as the authorities focused on facilitating wheeled traffic.  The barriers, which protected many estates from through traffic, were swept away, and new roads were built. There was an opportunity to leave older roads for pedestrians, but this was not taken.


Taking this idea as their starting point, Emma Griffin and David Harrison of London Living Streets have developed the Central London Walking Network, which describes utilitarian walking routes along streets with less motor traffic and pollution. TFL has funded them to produce a beautiful map of the network, which will not only be a guide to the routes but also be a great campaigning tool for future improvements.