Break Out Sessions
From all over the world maps are used to explore the context of walking. However, maps can be used in a various of ways. In Rotterdam, to make new policy, they study the context of walking by making maps of available data e.g. get insights in a poor walking network. In Eindhoven they gain insight in patterns of walk trips in the context of daily urban mobility using a large scale GPS-tracking technique.’ And in Manhattan, New York, they use geographic information systems and senior community surveys to measure and map the walkability of three older adult neighbourhoods. They will tell you all about it during this session!
How can we design public spaces that we perceive as attractive and safe? This session aims to answer this question with three varied presentations about public space design. When we install anti-terrorism blocks, although objectively safer, the perception of the space can be less secure. For that reason, we must be creative in our solutions. We will draw on award-winning public spaces in Belgium and, research conducted in Canada on how street furniture elements serve the pedestrians.
In developing countries, mobility is a problem. The two stories in this session have one thing in common: they face different challenges to put their pedestrians first, and they share their stories on how to transform those challenges into opportunities. In Metro Manila they use the concept of Complete Streets to find out why pedestrians are not being prioritized. Aside from environmental aspects, local culture plays a major role on walkability. In Tehran, combining human-scale projects that form a homogenous cluster with a unitary character was the solution to create partnerships with the private sector and following municipal regulations.
- Learning from Medina - On smartness and walkability of historical nuclei in Moroccan imperial cities
- An Exploration of the History Behind Walkability
- Agility as a fundamental quality of pedestrian movement: beyond discourses on speed and slowness
Dream Big, Think Big, and Act on it together!
Amsterdam is a walkable city, but pedestrian policy is still a relatively new field at the city’s Department for Transport and Public Space. The city of Vienna has installed a Mobility Agency with a representant for pedestrians and has been working on walking promotion and creating a walking community over the last 6 years. We will discuss both the Amsterdam and Vienna experiences and strategies and with Maptionnaire we will dive into the world of online questionnaires and data that help planners to understand pedestrian movements and the way they perceive their walking environment.
Rotterdam Walkable City, approach towards a Pedestrian Strategy
Paris to pedestrians! Strategy in time and space
A great City for walking: Why feet come first in London's financial district
The Ambition to Make Greater Manchester the First Walking Region
Relevance of sensitizing planners and government officials to transform a city into pedestrian friendly
Bella Mossa: use of a digital app and incentives to encourage Active Travel and reduce single-occupancy car use in Bologna, Italy.
Metrominuto: encouraging pedestrian mobility by showing meters and walking minutes between places.
What do people really want? Experiences in using service design methods in mobility management.
Walking as a mode comes with its own motivations and experiences and requires separated space designation. In this break-out, three different presenters will discuss these charactaristics in-depth. Where one focusses on the psychological determinants of a modal shift in European cities, the other elaborates on research conducted to walking motivations within different life stages in China. The third presentation discusses the right of way for pedestrians in New York City. During the discussion we will also zoom into the differences between the three continents
We highlight the subject from three different perspectives. From China we indicate the notion of flux in patterns of vending-walking relations, which could reveal an understanding of dynamic Chinese urban walkable space. In Switzerland many sidewalks have been approved for cycling in recent years and new electric vehicles such as electric scooters and Segway have been put on an equal legal level with bicycles. And a story from Mexico City where there is a weak enforcement for invasions to public space from vehicles, street vendors etc that replace public uses at public space to private uses, affecting pedestrians.
iWalk - innovations in inclusive walking – Jess Reas, Witteveen+Bos UK Ltd
Wifi tracker – Beryl Dreijer, gemeente Amsterdam
How to use (digital) tools to stimulate and guide pedestrians in streets, cities and centres. Lessons from Oxford Street, The Rotterdam City Centre and the city Brussels will give insights how this is being implemented on different scales.
Walking the Talk: re-mapping a local landscape to give pedestrian interests primacy - Rowena Macaulay, Walk Colchester. Mais Vida nos Morros - a walkability for self-esteem, belonging and pride in the slums of Recife - Tullio Ponzi, Executive Secretariat of Urban Innovation - City Hall of Recife
In this break-out session, two presenters discuss the potential of data for predicting walkability in the city. The first presentation focusses on the methodological side of calculating the walking demand forecasting and economic assessment for new walking infrastructure. The second presentation dives deeper into the walkability potential of the infrastructure that is already there - a using a walkability tool. In the discussion, we will dive deeper into the
Making United States communities more walkable often requires significant changes to streets and neighborhoods. However, the challenge to achieving this change is often more political than physical. As the U.S. grows more ethnically diverse – and politically polarized – advocates for walkable communities must become skilled in engaging people from a wide range of perspectives toward physical changes to established neighborhoods. This session will showcase techniques and programs used to engage wider audiences in themes of walking and active transportation, and empower attendees to rethink who they work with, with an emphasis on cities in the Southern United States.
This session proposes alternative ways for planning, creating, and communicating space for walking. Having used comics to demonstrate collaboration to promote walkability, the processes associated with Complete Street design, the nuances of walking and biking in winter climates, and the ins and outs of Urban Design, Ryan will now use it to demonstrate the devilish and delightful details of creating walkable environments.
The second story advocates to go beyond creating space for walking, but creating space for experiences in time. It will
explore alternative techniques for research and design that take the first-hand perspective view of the subject as starting point and do justice to the multisensory and time-based qualities of walking.
As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves’ (William Hartnell)
Pedestrians on the agenda of three European cities. Three different approaches with the same goal: ‘Establishing a walking culture by developing an accessible and attractive city for pedestrians’.
What can we learn from these approaches?
Utrecht is already running on the right track with their city’s ‘Action Plan for Pedestrians’. This action plan contains 13 goals that led to several innovative designs.
Baden Württemberg shows us how much you can achieve with collaboration between all necessary stakeholders using their ‘Walking checks-approach’.
Amsterdam is also walking towards a city with a high walking appeal. We will get insights into their planning and design principles and we will see a lot of what the capital city of the Netherlands already has established for their pedestrians so far.
Let’s learn about these three approaches, so we can learn about our own.
Reconstruction of the city’s central square with priority on walking
Design Thinking for Public Spaces
Taking pedestrian masterplanning to the next level : a novel approach. Best practices from Buenos Aires
Transforming staircases and street design change in Sao Paolo, pop-up street events and temporary traffic modifications in the city of Hobart. They all have one thing in common, being tactical interventions creating a momentum for change in public realm. We will discuss both Australian and Brazilian practices and experiences in local leadership, community engagement and planning processes towards a more walkable city.
Shared Space 20 years
10 years after the introduction of “encounter zones” in French cities, what have we learned?
The importance of designing access for all in the built environment
We will dive into different methodologies scrutinising walkable cities for all. We discuss the Livable Cities Insights Platform, a data platform using data and AI to promote walkability. Further, photo analysis is used to research walkability for particular groups. Think of "walking with wheels", in the broadest sense (e.g. wheelchairs and suitcases). The second research measured the quality of the pedestrian coating wit a specific wheelchair. The third presentation discusses the walkability of cities for people with autism, their personal sensory experiences in relationship to the urban environment and its spatial elements. How can these projects learn from each other and improve user-based urban planning?
In two presentations, we get to know more about the in-depth experience of walking women in the public space but in very different contexts. The first presentation discusses walking as a way of inhabiting the city in city centres in Argentina and Chili based on extensive qualitative research. The second presentation tells about womens every day’s experiences of walking in the suburbs areas at night, based ont two exemples: Gennevilliers (Paris) and Santa Anita (Puebla, Mexico) , using the data from inclusive experimentations. Both presentations take it one step further by zooming into the experiences of walking women at night.
Despite the rapid growth of motorisation in low-income countries, walking is still very much linked with daily activities such as going to the marketplace. The walkability of neighbourhoods is, therefore, crucial for people to participate in day-to-day life. This breakout session highlights two research projects focused on the daily destinations of women in African cities. The third presentation provides a method for assessing the 15-minute neighbourhood walkability by examining how well walking can provide access to destinations. We’ll be discussing the ways we can learn from these quantitative and qualitative approaches to improve the accessibility of our daily destinations in cities
Walkability is a critical factor in the success and usability of public transport. It is mainly on foot that we access to public transport networks. Therefore, improving walkability around the stops can significantly increase their attractiveness. In this breakout session success stories from France, Switzerland and the Netherlands will be presented. You will get a glimpse on methods and walkability approaches, the use of data and the importance of cooperation between key stakeholders as public transport authorities and operators and local and regional governments.
Place making and reclaiming street space with mobility hubs
Mobility Challenge Hoogkwartier
The Contemplative Walk: Walking to Think, Walking to Transform, Walking to Create
Let’s all have walking meetings: an interactive breakout session in three parts!
Walking meetings are on the verge of a breakthrough. Learn about the latest initiatives and challenges, exchange knowledge and experience the most innovative and productive workforms for walking meetings.
Introduction why your brain needs walking meetings & how to successfully integrate them in our working reality. Results of the WISE
Royal HaskoningDHV pilot.
Innovating walking meetings: results of a MBA research project on successful interventions & how frontrunners work together making
walking meetings a natural part of work.
7 walks that work, as a practical tool for every office building, to Get People Going, make walking part of enjoyable mobility
and creating cities that work on human power.
Glasgow and Rotterdam both have policies for pedestrians for the City Centre. What lessons can be learned by these 2 case studies and how is this implemented in districts, streets and places. This will be illustrated by the Rotterdam Central district as part of the city centre.
In this session we learn more about the battle for space in modern crowded cities. Are different types of smart or healthy modalities enemies in claiming public space? Or can we combine goals, values and space for pedestrians, cyclists, autonomous vehicles, etc. in a good way? We hear about how to expand a pedestrian area in a crowded inner-city, thepossible effects of autonomic vehicles on walking and how to combine space for parked bikes with space for pedestrian. And the end we will discuss about creating great public spaces and the battle for space for different transport modes.
Creating the Equitable City: The Transformation of Peshawar, Pakistan
Boulder's High-Tech Way to Make Walking Low-Stress
Transport schemes development for City of Chelyabinsk, Russia: design development and educational program
Let’s go! - Basic outline of a national strategic plan for improved walking in Germany (German Environment Agency)
National certification scheme »Walking Friendly Institution«
Providing for walking – Identifying how we can encourage a better walking environment in New Zealand
Adolescence is a time of increasing independence, with new opportunities and challenges. The safety and walkability of the journey to school is important for shaping behaviours long-term health. The Child Health Initiative is working to reduce the number of adolescents dying globally by ensuring that areas around schools are safer, less polluted and more walkable. In Dhaka walking to school is an important equity issue, and the presentation will include interventions to encourage urban children to walk to school. In Austria they have created a manual introducing key steps to promote active mobility for 10-14 year olds, as the change of schools for this age group is often associated with a change in transport mode.
Walking as an easy and healthy way of moving to school, but not yet accepted anywhere as normal. Promoting safe school routes is about promoting active mobility,changing infrastructure, using education and changing behaviour of adults and children and encourage them to walk. This does not happen overnight. It needs a clear approach and should be visible and fun! Involve everyone, not participating is not an option. With school campaigns, programs and rewarding systems various schools in Gdynia, London, Toronto, Mexico City, Boston and Lusaka manage to change behaviour and to make walking to school normal, they tell their approach.
How can children be a part of making their neighbourhood more child friendly? How can government prioritise street design tonsure the needs of children are prioritised? Three different approaches tell how they incorporated children in addressing urban problems, promoting the child perspective on their neighbourhood and what the toolkit is about that is developed to help create a healthier environment and safer mobility for children. Child friendly environments is the basic topic; it is about changing the behaviour of policy makers, adults and children - in order to change their living environment, to learn from children how they see their environment and how they think it can be improved. - 6 Belgian cities, 7 European cities and 1 UN programme.
Lessons learned in promoting walking to school in New Zealand
Involving every party to change the modal split of school routes
Pešbus' and 'Bicivlak' are supporting active travel to school in Slovenia
Schoolstreets and 'Paraat voor de Schoolstraat' campaign
No cars, please! Implementation of “School streets” in Vienna
Las niñas y los niños, ¡Vamos primero! (Boys and girls Come first!): Road traffic crashes prevention program in school zones, Colima, Mexico
In this break out session we will ask if walking is so good for local economies, why do so many politicians still see access for cars as more important? We hope to stimulate a debate on the best evidence and case studies showing walking investment can transform streets. Therefore the results of a large survey among visitors of shopping area will show a unique picture about the mobility aspect of retail. Besides there will be presented some findings of a literature review about the economic benefits of pedestrian friendly urban design. We’ll discuss knowledge gaps and suggest ways to fill in these gaps.
Streets for Everyone? European Streetscapes in Transformation
How can we use green spaces in our cities to promote walkability? And how do we deal with the paradox of the demand for dense urban
areas and the accessibility of green and services? During this break-out session, three presentations discuss the relationship between green and walkability. One presentation demonstrates the results of research on this green paradox. The other two discuss the implementation of green routes. One
focusses on an area in Utrecht, The Netherlands that is going to be developed, while the other improving the green structures in the already existing urban
fabric of the city of Aachen, Germany.
As our cities are growing we are facing major challenges. Pressure on public space and mobility networks is growing and cities are dealing with air quality issues. A different share of public space is needed to (re)transform the city into places for people. The City of Paris has developed an ambitious programme and the City of Rotterdam will present her walkable neighbourhood project. We will discuss different approaches at both a city wide and neighbourhood scale and touch upon the role of the government. What works best to change the mindset about our cities and accelerate change?
Two waterfront routes in Espoo, Finland and Rotterdam, The Netherlands with both very different characteristics show new perspectives, environments and activities along water. How do we connect our cities to the enormous potential of our waterfronts? And how do we make this accessible and attractive for all pedestrians? The two presentations will approach these questions from two different angles: where the Rotterdam is a bottom-up initiative, the Espoo case zoomed in on the userexperience to understand the motives to walk along The Seaside Promenade.
This session will be focussing on the evaluation of walkability improvement. Three different tools were used to improve the walkability in 3 total different cities. One speaker is focussing on users’ comfort in Osaka on 3 road sections; narrow road, wide one and wide one with rest space. Furthermore, in São Paulo, they had a practical case of community wayfinding implemented in a low-income neighbourhood and found effects further than locate people. The third speaker focussed on walkability improvement by comparing the effect of big interventions with small interventions in Lisbon.
Safer Streets for All: A Safe System Approach to Walkability
Urban environment and health outcomes. Evaluation of the relationships between built environment pedestrian safety and active living attitude
Safe By Design: Quantifying the Impact of Urban Design on Traffic Collision, Injury, and Fatality Rates
Improving pedestrian safety at crossings is a very commonly shared ambition as pedestrians are the most vulnerable traffic participants. In this break out session we will discuss the causes of pedestrian fatalities and how to prevent those fatalities. Furthermore, there is attention for the choices which are made at traffic light intersections and the moral that led to those choices. Finally, a look in the future and the changes that will happen once automated vehicles will occur in daily traffic. Will pedestrian behaviour lead to new kind of conflicts? This sessions gives a complete impression of the challenges lying in front of us when it comes to pedestrian traffic safety
This moderated session encourages the audience to join in a lively discussion that challenges the concepts of accessibility, safety, and healthy ageing of walkers. Two urban professionals with vastly different backgrounds, will kick things off by providing brief, evidence-informed counter-arguments questioning the quality of footpaths, appealing public spaces for elderly, building for all, and in whom the responsibility of ‘safety’ rests. We invite a diverse audience keen to add their voice to what promises to be a fun, novel, and potentially disruptive session.
Globally we see trends of rising numbers of older adults, ubanisation and lifestyle related disorders. To keep older inhabitants healthy and happy, cities need to prepare. Supporting older people to be physically active and socially connected through walking, can achieve significant benefits. Experience shows that in most cases, creating a good walking infrastructure alone is not enough. Social support is needed to activate people and to help them change their behaviour. In this session, we discuss three projects that aim to promote active mobility in older people and focus on infrastructural and social factors.
Rik Schakenbos - Use of the available passengers data that are collected at the trains stations.
- Michael Meschik – Stair-motivation – Why do people choose stairs, lifts or escalators? Pedestrian observations, behavioural analyses and interventions in Vienna’s underground station
- Antonio Gonzalez – Walking can be faster than public transport
Van snel, snel, snel en ouders die in de auto wachten op hun kinderen naar een rustige en veilige schoolomgeving, waar kinderen spelen en (groot-)ouders gezellig bijpraten. Het kan. Naomé Carmeliet vertelt u er meer over.
Het boek the City at Eye Level for kids gaat in op goede straten en plekken op straathoogte vanuit het perspectief van kinderen en hun ouders. Jeroen Laven vertelt u meer over de inzichten en tips en hoe internationaal in Placemaking Europe wordt samengewerkt aan steden op ooghoogte.
Het onderzoeksproject Metamorphosis wil een verandering bewerkstelligen: van auto georiënteerd naar spelen op straat en lopen. Pilots om straten tijdelijk autovrij te maken en om schoolzones te veranderen, werpen hun vruchten af. Nick van Apeldoorn vertelt de ins en outs van dit project.
In dit sessieblok wordt het onderwerp ‘gedrag’ vanuit verschillende kanten belicht. In ‘Uitdagen tot beweging in de stad middels nudging’ vertelt Eva van der Velde over de droom om voetgangers de stad als speeltuin te laten gebruiken. Bijvoorbeeld door middel van het gebruik van snelheidsmeters die je uitdagen een stukje te rennen of het plaatsen van een pingpongtafel op het station. Gert Jan Wijlhuizen zoomt in op de resultaten van een modal-shift-onderzoek. Op basis van dit onderzoek wordt het advies gegeven om voetgangers en fietsers niet over één kam te scheren. Men heeft een tool ontwikkeld die op maat advies geeft hoe lopen gestimuleerd kan worden. Aansluitend gaat Gerard Tertoolen, verkeerspsycholoog, in op wat de voetganger letterlijk en figuurlijk beweegt. Lopen was ooit de enige manier om ons voor te bewegen. Wat is de betekenis van 'lopen' nog nu we allerhande hulpmiddelen hebben ontwikkeld om sneller en comfortabeler mobiel te zijn?
Veel stadscentra zijn inmiddels ingericht voor de voetganger, maar met de groei van steden en de noodzaak om de lucht schoon te houden, is het belangrijk dat ook buiten het centrum de voetganger voorrang heeft. Bij de (her-)ontwikkeling in Den Haag wordt steeds de actieve mobiliteit op ‘1’ gezet. Ontwerpprincipes en Haagse voorbeelden worden door Frans Botma met u gedeeld en Norbert Nijhof zoomt in op het belang van een goede Stadsentree, die de bezoeker direct uitnodigt om lopend zijn weg te vervolgen. Erik van Hal vertelt over Eindhoven, die van ‘saai en auto-georiënteerd’ naar een ‘Boeiende Binnenstad’ wil toewerken. Ook hier speelt de benenwagen een belangrijke rol.
Amsterdam heeft op basis van bestaande data uit diverse bronnen in kaart gebracht wat de ‘walkability’ van haar straten is. Op basis van deze gegevens wordt beleid aangepast ten gunste van de voetganger. Johan Olsthoorn vertelt u hier meer over. Het CROW heeft een overzicht gemaakt van eigenschappen waaraan goede voetgangersroutes moeten voldoen en het heeft een methodiek ontwikkeld om de kwaliteit in beeld te brengen. Emile Oostenbrink licht dit toe. En kent u het Nederlands Verplaatsingspanel? Peter van der Mede vertelt er graag over. Door op grote schaal informatie over voetgangersstromen te verzamelen kunnen benchmarks tussen steden gemaakt worden. Zo ontstaat beter inzicht in het huidige gedrag en kan het beleid daarop aangepast worden.
Drukte. De dreiging vanuit terrorisme is aanwezig. Moeten we voetgangersgebieden daarom afzetten met blokken? Wat doet dat met de sfeer en het gevoel van veiligheid? Zijn er andere methodes? Dick van Veen bespreekt dit graag met u. Drukte betekent soms ook dat de doorgang wordt belemmerd voor hulpdiensten en dat bewoners hun huis bijna niet meer in en uit kunnen komen. Op de Wallen in Amsterdam wordt de drukte gemonitord waardoor men kan bijsturen en zo leefbaarheid, veiligheid en toegang beter worden gewaarborgd. Jorn van Dijk en Eric Roscam Abbing geven u inzicht in de vraagstukken, inzichten en handreikingen voor oplossingen.
In dit sessieblok wordt het thema op drie verschillende manier uitgelicht.
• De inrichting van de openbare ruimte heeft grote invloed op het beweeggedrag van alle mensen. Voor een positieve invloed moet de openbare ruimte verleiden en faciliteren. Jan Willem Boots vertelt over het concept Skills Graden dat uitnodigt tot bewegen, sporten, ontmoeten en beleven.
• Nu steeds meer ouderen langer thuis wonen, wordt een veilige en toegankelijke route nóg belangrijker. Danny van Dijk vertelt over het werk dat hij in Rotterdam gedaan heeft om in kaart te brengen wat de behoeften zijn van deze doelgroep en waar verbeteringen kunnen worden aangebracht op straat.
• De behoefte om meer te bewegen, het liefst vanaf je eigen voordeur, wordt ondersteund door ‘Stad te voet’. Door wandelroutes aan te laten sluiten op reeds bestaande routes kunnen mensen nabij hun woonhuis starten aan een (langere) wandeling. Frank Hart vertelt er graag meer over in deze sessie.