The Bartlett School of Planning


International Car Free Day - London Summit

8:30 am to 5:30 pm, 20 September 2019


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.

DRAFT PROGRAMME - Speakers to be announced in early 2019.

Friday, 20th September 2019 - UCL Bartlett School

8.30am - 9.00am Registration & morning refreshments

9.00am - 9.15am Chairperson’s opening remarks, Dr. Robin Hickman, Reader in Transport and City Planning, The Bartlett School of Planning

9.15am - 10.00am Panel 1: how data-driven transport and land use planning can reshape our cities

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

- How would removing traffic change mobility patterns and land use in our cities?

- What lessons can London learn from the international transition away from car-centric city centres?

10.00am - 10.45am Panel 2: Forget the green belt - the land conversion opportunity from concrete slabs to public parks, squares, affordable housing & revived high streets

- 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?

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

- Who is leading the way on land conversion away from empty concrete to higher-value uses?

10.45am - 11.15am Morning refreshments

11.15am - 12.00pm Debate: Streets for people or for cars: reconciling competing visions on the future of mobility

- Global leaders in transport planning and development will debate the future shape of cities

- With population trends and overcrowding a universal urban experience, which cities will lead on traffic-removal?

12.00pm - 12.45pm Panel 3: Healthy cities - car-free commuting & healthy lifestyles for all

- What are the public health implications of removing cars from our city centres

- What costs would doing nothing entail?

- What cities are already reaping the public health and community benefits of pedestrian-priority design?

12.45pm - 1.00pm Audience Q&A

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch and networking break

2.00pm - 2.45pm Panel 4: "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 car-free oriented land use planning?

2.45pm - 3.30pm Panel 5: Maximising land use with play streets

- update on the global status of play streets as a civic tool for optimising land use and encouraging healthy lifestyles

- what have been the barriers to uniform adoption of play streets in London and other global cities? Which cities are leading the way to grow play streets and improve child health outcomes in a systematic way? 

- What would be required for London to show globally significant leadership on the implementation of play streets?

3.30pm - 5.30pm Guided site visits (TBC)

Aldgate Gyratory, Bank Junction, and Old Street

Embankment Cycle Route