Plenary Speaker

Jim Walker

Jim Walker

Founder of Walk21

United Kingdom

Jim founded Walk21, the international conference series on walking and liveability, in 2000 when managing a European LIFE project focusing on walking at the City of London. He has since led 15 international conferences including 13 in the top 20 places independently accredited as the most liveable places in the world. Between conferences Jim works with mayors, professionals and communities to encourage more of the needs of people on foot to be understood and met. The International Charter for Walking, published by Walk21 as an outcome of several conference discussions led by Daniel Sauter, has been signed by more than 500 politicians and 5,000 professionals with responsibility for improving the safety and attractiveness of walking in their communities. He has enjoyed being part of several European projects specifically including the COST walking research project; Active Access, Switch-Travel and the congestion-busting FLOW.