Walk the Talk


The future city needs to be able to adapt to transitions with smart urban design and new mobility solutions. Measuring walking and walkability and integrating walking into traffic/transport management tools (e.g. modelling) and decision making, can assure a smart city will always be designed on a human level. At the conference you will hear about examples of evidence, tools, measures and systems that have delivered more walking or better walkability.

Key words:
smart, human, data, data driven urban design, measuring walking, future, mobility lab, business case for walking, traffic management, modelling, urban mobility indicators.


There is a changing focus on active mobility (including access to public transport) and outdoor spaces that are inviting to walk or exercise in, which can improve people’s health and well-being. ‘Clean air, dry feet and lower energy bills’ are Climate Change promises at the centre of a pact between politicians and citizens in Rotterdam. Therefor Walk21 Rotterdam 2019 will feature examples of integrated, people focused approaches that have embraced climate change, improved health and well-being, reduced carbon or changed behaviour by putting pedestrians first.

Key words:
exercise, sports, recreation, green, nature, physical well-being, mental well-being, active mobility, cycling, public transport, sustainability, climate adaptation, clean air, resilience.

For Everyone 

Everybody is a walker! Creating safe and attractive streets for children and elderly people first, deliver a public benefit for everyone. During the conference, you can expect examples of plans, designs and schemes that have embraced diversity, engaged communities and supported the creation of walkable cities.

Key words:
inclusivity, social cohesion, accessible, diversity, gender, ethnicity, all ages, happiness, sustainable safety, vision zero, civic engagement.