You’ve got to get out and walk. Walk and you will see that many of the assumptions on which projects depend are visibly wrong... (Jane Jacobs)


What do you love? What needs to change? 

What should more people be talking about?

Every year, thousands of Walk Leaders around the world help make their cities stronger by convening walking conversations that connect people, start dialogues, and inspire action.

Anyone can lead a Jane’s Walk because everyone is an expert on the places they live, work, and play. Journalist and activist Jane Jacobs believed that the people best equipped to understand cities and make decisions about them are “ordinary, interested citizens”. She sensed that getting to know our neighbourhoods and each other is the foundation of city-building. 

We encourage people to use walking conversationsas a way to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

Please find some useful tips below and propose your walk by completing a simple form.

Deadline for this year's submission: 5th April 2024 - NOW EXTENDED TO 12TH APRIL 2024

Please note: Jane’s Walk supports the principle of self-organization and civic engagement. The walks submitted are not curated. The inclusion of any walk does not imply an endorsement from Jane’s Walk London of any specific perspectives or proposals. However, Jane’s Walk London does reserve the right to withdraw a walk if the subject, location or leader poses any harm or danger to participants, makes use of hate speech, or defames or excludes specific individuals or groups.

What is a Jane's Walk

A Jane’s Walk is a walking conversation that can be about anything. It holds space for the perspectives of anyone who has a story to tell.

Jane’s Walk is a global movement that operates at a hyperlocal scale. It’s a little different in each city, but these principles below are the common framework for Jane’s Walk everywhere.

Jane’s Walks are often walking tours, but they can also be bike rides, poetry readings, performance art, games, and more! 

What Jane’s Walk is about:

About Jane Jacobs:

Jane's Walks are named after Jane Jacobs, an American-born writer and activist best known for her writings about cities. Her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), upended the ideas of modernist city planning and building, and offered a new vision of diverse, fine-grained cities made for and by ordinary people. 

You don’t have to have read Jane Jacobs or know anything about her to lead a Jane’s Walk, but she had some important ideas about cities that can help inspire your walk.

How to plan a walk

If you are an organisation, please consider using a Jane's Walk to raise awarness about your activities.

Make sure to include this information in the Walk Leaders form. Most walks will take place during the festival from 10th to 12th May —both day and night.

Decide what you want to talk about. Remember that this isn’t a lecture, and you don’t need to be an expert in history, architecture, heritage, or urban planning. A Jane’s Walk is a unique story about how you see, interact with, and feel about a place or topic.

For inspiration, browse stories and photos from past walks on our Archive page 

General Tips

-        Share Community Voices: Another great way to plan for your activity is by researching who in your community may want to share their knowledge and local history. Hearing directly about someone’s lived experience makes a personal connection and is even more engaging.

-        Incorporate Multiple Perspectives: You can play a curatorial role on your activity by adding different voices, recruiting subject matter experts, and posing questions to generate discussion and highlight local knowledge. This can make for an even more dynamic activity!

-        Embed accessibility in your programme: While the nature of some neighbourhoods, routes, and the act of walking itself mean that not every walk will be fully accessible, we ask you to be conscious of accessibility and thoughtful about your route. Try to strike a balance between talking, movement, and rest. Think about stops that have access to water fountains, restrooms, benches, and shaded areas to recharge. Consider terrain, curbs, staircases, gates, and other barriers that could hinder someone’s ease of movement. Think about whether there are portions of your walk with dim lighting, underpasses, strong odours, excessively loud noises, traffic, or large crowds.

     Everyone experiences space differently, so think broadly and empathetically about what could make others feel physically vulnerable or even unsafe. Also consider how you will speak on your walk. Avoid jargon and brainstorm ways of speaking and asking questions that will engage a wide range of participants. Think about what language you will speak and whether you might want volunteer translators or interpreters.

-        Stay Curious, Learn, and Practice: Don’t worry about being an expert. You are a professional in your own experience of the city and you have plenty to share. Remember that this isn’t a lecture. This is a walking conversation.

-        Connect with Jane’s Walk London Walk Leaders: consider this opportunity to communicate with each other, share helpful resources, seek help in Jane’s Walk planning, or offer to lend a hand! We welcome feedback to ensure leaders and participants experience improve each year.

How we are supporting you

Pre-Festival: We hope the information provided has already given you an idea of the walk you could organise. 

However, we have also planned an online orientation session on the 18th March 2024 starting at 6:30pm. If interested, please register for your place on our Eventbrite page.

During the meeting we will share:

We will also be holding 20 minute sessions for those who are planning a walk and need some help with defining the route, selecting some stops or coming up with ideas to foster interactions between participants. Please choose one of the available slots at this link (multiple dates in March 2024)

If you have any questions and cannot attend the online sessions, please write to us at

Festival: Jane’s Walk is promoted through several communication channels on our website, social media (hashtags: #JWL2024, #JWLfestival2024), video/audio formats and in print advertising. We do encourage participating individuals and organisations to identify themselves as part of Jane’s Walk through inclusion of the event logo and language in their respective communications (e.g. local newsletters, social media posts, word of mouth etc).


Is photography allowed?

We encourage all walk leaders and participants to take photos and videos while respecting everyones boundaries. We would love to see your photos and video shared with us on social media using the hashtag #JWL2024 and #JWLfestival2024.

Can I seek compensation for leading a walk?

Jane’s Walk are free and open to the public. We rely on volunteers to lead the walks and therefore walk leaders are prohibited from soliciting compensation (including monetary tips) from attendees.

Can I use Jane’s Walk as a promotional opportunity?

Any marketing materials that are distributed outside of the context and scope of the walk are prohibited. However, we do encourage walk leaders and participants to share information about a particular project, initiative, or events as it relates to the walk.

Will I know how many people to expect on my Jane’s Walk?

We do not usually track attendance at specific Jane’s Walks, since there is no official registration or RSVPs for participants. Past Jane’s Walks have attracted anywhere from a handful to more than 100 attendees. However, JWL Walk Leaders can set up their own registration page (for example on Eventbrite) to manage and keep track of attendees. JWL team won't be able to support with managing registrations.

What if I need to cancel my Jane’s Walk?

Unfortunately, we have no way of contacting all those that might show up to the meeting location once a walk is promoted. Therefore we encourage you to find a replacement walk leader if you are no longer able to lead it or to directly contact attendees through the registration form or your personal communication channels.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

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