We know that walking is declining and that this is particularly pronounced in older people. Our supposition is that this is largely a product of changes in travel habits up to and including middle age. But what are the factors driving this and what can be done about them?
This workshop will be chaired by John Dales (Director of Urban Movement and trustee of Living Streets). And we'll hear from some leading figures in the field:
- Lucy Saunders, Public Health Specialist at Transport for London and Greater London Authority
- Jessica Read of Bristol University's School of Policy Studies, whose work explores gender differences in walking and exercise over the life course
- Dr Cornelia Guell of Cambridge University's Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR), who works on the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing study and whose work on the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway is particularly relevant
- Kathryn Kershaw, who works on the National Travel Survey at the Department for Transport
We also expect to confirm shortly a speaker from Public Health England.
The purpose of the event is to get participants to help define a research agenda which Living Streets and others can then use to guide their work. So plenty of the time will be spent in groups, responding to the evidence presented by the speakers.