The Bartlett School of Planning


International Car Free Day - London Summit

20 September 2019, 8:30 am–5:30 pm


Event Information

Open to





Robin Hickman


Room G.06
Roberts Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

World leaders have committed to a future of zero emissions mobility and more efficient, equitable and productive urban land use. Action on these commitments cannot be delayed. As momentum towards cleaner air and car-free town centres continues to build around the world, the International Car Free Day London Summit on 19th-20th Sept. brings together international civic leaders, architects, planners, data scientists, community organisations and property developers to celebrate the transition to car-free city centres. Hosted in partnership with the UCL Bartlett School of Planning, the London Summit will take place during the London Design Festival, ahead of International Car Free Day celebrations on Sunday, 22nd September 2019.


Friday, 20th September 2019 - UCL Bartlett School

8.15 - 9.00 Registration & morning refreshments

9.00 - 9.10 Welcome & Chairperson’s opening remarks

Peter Jones, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, Faculty of Engineering Science, UCL

9.10 - 10.00 Panel 1- Opening Plenary - How will data-driven transport planning reshape the future of urban mobility & public health

- How are new sources of transport and land use data informing pedestrian-priority planning decisions?

- Why is changing the status quo approach so difficult in the transport planning and land use sectors? What strategies can open the way for large-scale change in the face of institutional inertia?

- What are the most effective approaches to organisational change and a land use transformation away from redundant roads and parking space in London and other global cities?


  • Bruce McVean, City of London Corporation

  • Dinika Mahtani, General Manager, JUMP London

  • Annette Jezierska Co-Founder, The Future Fox

  • Katya Serova, Founder & VP, Habidatum


  • Leanne Pienaar, Engineer, Movement Insight, Arup

10.05 - 10.55 Panel 2 - Realising the land conversion opportunity: how could the systematic conversion of empty concrete parking & road space to new public parks, affordable housing & commercial space transform our cities?

- Just how much land is devoted to roads and parking in the world's 10 largest cities? What proportion of this is wasted concrete dead space, and what is the opportunity cost of the status quo?

- What alternative uses are realistic for redundant road and on-street parking?

- Which cities are leading the way on land conversion away from empty concrete to higher-value uses?


  • Nick Whitten, Director, UK Research, JLL

  • Charlotte Halpern, SciencesPo

  • Zeeger Ernsting, Councillor, Amsterdam


  • Peter Murray, Director, New London Architecture

10.55 - 11.10 Morning refreshments

11.10 - 12.00 Panel 3 - The great debate: what will the future of urban mobility look like?

  • Global leaders in urban transport and land use planning will debate the future shape of cities & modal share in urban transport.

  • Is it possible to reconcile competing visions on the future of mobility in London and other global cities?

  • With population trends and overcrowding a nearly universal urban experience, which cities will lead on traffic-removal, ride-sharing and other innovations?


  • Jaanaki Momaya, UK General Manager, Lime

  • Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy, Lyft

  • Will Butler-Adams OBE, CEO Brompton Bicycle


  • Jo Field, Director, JFG Communications

12.00 - 12.50 Panel 4 - Healthy cities, healthy workers: car-free commuting, world-class public realm & the future of work

  • How can more pedestrianised public realm & walking routes transform commuting?

  • What are the long-term health benefits of more active commuting?

  • How could a transition to car-free commuting change the mobility profile for London and other global cities?

  • What are the risks of sticking with the commuting status quo?


  • Vivienne Robinson Strategy and Partnerships Manager, City of Edinburgh Council

  • Scott Cain, Founder, Run Friendly

  • Fredrik Hjelm, Founder and CEO, Voi Technology


  • Dr Robin Hickman, Reader in Transport & City Planning, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

12.50 - 14.00 Lunch and networking break

14.00 - 14.50 Panel 5 - 'Prevention is better than cure:' assessing the public health implications of urban land use decisions

  • How can health inequalities be addressed with better land use and transport planning in our cities?

  • What opportunities are there to enhance public health and equality outcomes through traffic-free land use planning?


  • Jemima Hartshorn, Co-Founder, Mums for Lungs

  • Andy Hong, Lead Urban Health Scientist, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford

  • Sheila Watson, Director of Environment, FIA Foundation


  • Audrey de Nazelle, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College

14:50 - 15:40 Panel 6 - The return of public transport & 2030 mobility in traffic-free city centres

  • As the world’s largest cities push for more efficient land use and traffic-free city centres, what role will public transport play in urban mobility in 2030?

  • Can public transport, walking and cycling really move everyone in booming cities like London, New York, and Tokyo?

  • What about the future of metro systems and public transport in true megacities like Lagos, Manila, and Jakarta? These cities have already hit the mode share targets that London seeks to achieve, but who is building out the public transport infrastructure required by growing populations?


  • Sian Berry, Co-leader, Green Party of England and Wales

  • Sylvain Hoan, Senior Director of Strategy, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)


  • Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London

15:40 - 15:45 Closing remarks & thank you

16.15 - 17.45 Cycle tour and guided site visits

Embankment Cycle Route, Aldgate Gyratory, Bank Junction, and Old Street. Route TBC.

- led by Iain Simmons, former AD City Transportation - Department of the Built Environment, City of London Corporation


This meeting has been generously made possible by the following partners

If you are interested in opportunities to support the London Summit or other London Car Free Day events, please get in touch: celebrate@carfreeday.org.uk