ideasSPACE with Lord Michael Bates, Walking Champion

in conversation with Christopher Martin
Photo credit: Foreign & Commonwealth Office


“Walking is also an ambulation of mind.” 

Gretel Ehrlich

Walking is something we do every day, every journey involves it and the benefits of walking to us as human beings are simply vast. All this is on the back of growing attention and appreciation for everyday walking by the UK government - but we still have a long way to go to protect high quality walking environments in all our towns and cities.

That’s why we were excited to talk to Lord Michael Bates to understand the political processes required to make effective change as well as learning from his humanitarian efforts, for which he chose walking as a way of communicating the magnitude of issues.



ideasSPACE is a series of in depth conversations hosted by Christopher Martin (UDG Exec, co-founder of Urban Movement) and produced in collaboration with our media partner, UrbanNous.

Urban Design Group Article - ideasSPACE with Lord Michael Bates, Walking Champion by in conversation with Christopher Martin

Lord Michael Bates is President of Living Streets, Walking Champion and politician.

He has served in the House of Lords since 2008 with posts in the Departments of Energy & Climate Change; Communities & Local Government; Children, Schools & Families.