the opening of Walk21 Rotterdam really sets the tone: Judith Bokhove, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam and Jim Walker, founder of Walk21, will open the conference together. You will hear about the City of Rotterdam’s ambitions for the future and what the city hopes to learn from the conference. What can Rotterdam learn from other cities? Maria Vassilakou, former vice mayor of Vienna (AU) and Celia Wade-Brown, former mayor of Wellington (NZ)will give Bokhove their tips and tricks during a panel discussion, hosted by Jim Walker. Matthew Baldwin will give the perspective of the European Union on the role of the pedestrian in road safety. In everything architect, innovator and visionary Thomas Rau does, he is led by what will be needed in the future. If we for instance take the pedestrian as starting point for every mobility decision - or even - in designing the city, what is necessary? He will take us through this inspiring thought experiment.
Putting the pedestrian first makes cities healthier. Not only because their residents will be moving around more, but also because all carless travel reduces the carbon footprint. In this session, professor Tim Beatley from the University of Virginia will be interviewed about Blophilic Cities. These cities place nature at the centre of their design and planning. Lucy Saunders from Healthy Streets will show us that it is possible to put the experience of walking at the centre of every decision. Her Healthy Streets Check proves that the situation as changed and that streets are being designed to improve health in London. Shreya Gadepalli will tell us about the challenges faced by Indian cities in providing transport systems that create a healthy environment for all – improving walking, cycling, and public transport.
How can we use human empathy, creativity and diversity to innovate in the city? Tinna C. Nielsen will explain how encouraging people to walk strengthens communities. If you could experience a city from the perspective of a 3-year-old child, what would you change? Cecilia Vaca Jones shows why walking is a key part of giving all children a good start in life. How can we accelerate the transition towards a city in which walking is the best way to get around? Jorn van Wemmenhove will share his work in different situations in Rotterdam, Tel Aviv and Rosario.
what is the meaning of the Automotive development for the pedestrian in the city? What are the chances for the walkable city? Martin Guit (City of Rotterdam) will start the discussion by posing these stimulating questions. One of the possible answers will come from Nico Larco. He will show how innovations such as MAAS (mobility as a service) and e-commerce are having a cascading effect on our cities in terms of where we live, how we move and where we spend our time. He will emphasise the consequences for the public space. These aspects could boost or completely hamper walking and walkability depending on how cities prepare for these changes, how
they work with the private sector and whether they can shape these innovations to support community goals. Karen Vancluysen (POLIS) will stress that cities must be in the driver’s seat when it comes to the roll out of transport innovations and new technologies and make sure they align with local policy goals. Are the most sustainable modes prioritized over the most commercially interesting ones?
This plenary keynote session is all about accessible cities. How does Europe look from the eyes of those with a physical impairment? To find an answer to this question, filmmaker Mari Sanders, who is a wheelchair user due to cerebral palsy, made an unusual journey through Europe. For his documentary, The Wheelchair Road Movie – Over the thresholds of Europa, he traveled through Europe to see how people with physical disabilities live their life and observe the world around them. What can we all learn from their perspective when it comes to things like city planning? Pedro Goveia gives the audience an insight in how he and his team developed Lisbon’s Pedestrian Accessibility Plan. Pursuing real pedestrian needs has taken them from
accessibility standards to traffic calming, passenger comfort needs to women’s safety. Exactly the holistic approach to public space, public life and mobility
where People First Mobility stands for! Henriette Vamberg from Gehl shows us examples from Copenhagen, New York and other global cities to show what these cities are doing to become People First – at different scales and costs.
One minute, one slide
During Walk21Rotterdam, you can visit an inspiring exhibition of posters providing information about, for example, walkable neighbourhoods, the best methods to change walking behaviour and the most pleasant walking routes. But who are the people behind all of this information? Find out in this one minute, one slide session! Each poster presenter will have one minute to present their ideas to a plenary audience and encourage you to take a look at their poster. Rodney Tolley will be keeping time, giving each presenter one minute exactly!
Helge Hillnhütter will discuss the relationship between walking and public transport, the emotions about and the perception of walking distances. It is easy to conclude that the character of urban environments substantially affects any attempts to reduce car use. Using data, he explains why. Frank Legters will explain the Royal HaskoningDHV’s vision of how transport – walking included – will guide us to a healthy city environment. Philippe Christ will then lead a panel discussion between Hillnhütter, Legters and Sonia Lavadinho. Lavadinho will add a new way of analysing data to this discussion, by addressing indicators such as word blocks to enhance the stories that will ultimately convince people that walkability matters.Finally, Mariela Alfonzo will show us how best to integrate data-driven city making in order to enable more walkable development – justifying investments in better places!
Landschape architect Annemieke Fontein from the city of Rotterdam has noticed that pedestrian policy is definitely having an impact on designing the public space: appealing public spaces also encourage people to actively use them and spend time there. She invited two experts, both with their own view on what is necessary to achieve these comfortable public spaces for pedestrians. Dutch writer and marathon runner Abdelkader Benali will dive into the historical presence of the flaneur in the city and show how the modern squares and cities where conceived at the same period. In a way the square gave birth to the walker: the core engine of diversity in the city, going through all social and ethnic borders. Also, streets play a major role in creating places where people feel at home. Hans Karssenberg (STIPO, European Placemaking Network) will stress the important role of human scaled buildings with active ground floors (plinths) in creating great streets where people can feel at home. He will illustrate that with examples out of the City at Eye Level, a worldwide program.
We will illustrate with examples from our practice.
Meer ruimte voor lopen
Meer lopen is een oplossing voor een flink aantal maatschappelijke vraagstukken. Lopen is een duurzame manier van verplaatsen; het ontlast de verkeersdruk en vermindert het beslag op schaarse ruimte. Lopen is leuk om te doen en goed voor gezondheid en welzijn, het draagt bij aan de strijd tegen bewegingsarmoede en stressgerelateerde klachten. Ruimte voor lopen maakt de omgeving leefbaar, omdat het prettig toeven is in loopvriendelijke gebieden. Daarmee bevordert het ontmoeting en zelfredzaamheid.
Om de potentie van lopen beter te benutten, richten het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat, Wandelnet en CROW samen met partners het platform Ruimte voor Lopen op. Dit platform, waar verschillende overheden, kennisinstellingen en maatschappelijke organisaties bij zijn aangesloten, gaat op woensdag 9 oktober officieel van start! In een afwisselend uur hoort u meer over ambitie, doelen, partners en activiteiten. Doe mee en sluit aan!
Walking is not only beneficial for your health and the environment - it is also good for the economy. Ben Rossiter noticed that walking is typically overlooked in planning and investment decisions. That is why his organisation, Victoria Walks, asked global consultancy firm Arup to examine the economic case for investment in walking, in order to help us understand why walking seems to slip through the net of government decision making and investment. This report shows the potential that walking has to deliver significant benefits for both cities and people. Guiliano Mingardo has analysed the data of 80 shopping areas across Europe. He found that most shoppers travelled by foot! Compelling evidence showing that walking is good for the economic vitality of city centres.
Mobility is an essential human activity and an insufficient level of accessibility is associated with social exclusion. Walking is not only sustainable, cheap and healthy, but it has also potential to provide access to locations and activities. Thomas Vanoutrive (University of Antwerp) will show that given the social role of walking, justice related issues needs to be adressed; walking and transport justice need to be publicly debated! In Medellin, the city builds adequate and safe pedestrian mobility. Andres Felipe Uribe Zapata will share how the city has engaged children, who are nog usually visible in de decision making process.
Traffic safety is crucial in order to encourage people to getting to walk around cities again. Sergio Avella poses that we need a better method. Over 50% of the people who die in traffic collisions, are pedestrians. He will present examples of cities that are working on managing streets, altering dangerous intersections and corridors. How is this making an impact on encouraging people to walk more?
Dr. Meleckidzedeck Khayesi works at the World Health Organization, facilitating implementation and evaluation of road safety programmes in different countries, preparation of policy guidance and strengthening road safety capacity development. Road safety is a basic condition to be able to walk through the city staying in one piece!
Mitchell Reardon from Happy City goes one step higher on the pyramid of Maslow. He will show how walking supports wellbeing in urban settings and how design can support or serve as a barrier to walking. How did Happy City and Humankind engage youth in the Rotterdam neighbourhood of Bloemhof in issues around walking and public space? On the other side of the river Meuse General practitioner.
Matthijs van der Poel walks twice a week with his patients. He and his foundation Looprecept see that walking is physically good for you and also promotes social contacts. Patients really enjoy it, some look forward to it the whole week!
Internationally renowned and Rotterdam based landscape architect Adriaan Geuze will tell about the choices he makes. How does he fit in the pedestrian for example at the Coolsingel but also in other projects, all around the world? Lloyd Wright, from the Asian Development Bank will reveal that the perception of finance as a barrier often obscures more fundamental issues around political will and investment priorities. Financing the walkable city depends more on the desire to do so and can be summed up with the axiom: Money never starts the idea; it is the idea that starts the money.
Rotterdam does have the political will indeed to invest in a walkable city! Organising Walk21 is only the start of this development. Judith Bokhove, Vice
mayor for Mobility and Bert Wijbenga, Vice Mayor for Public Space from the City of Rotterdam will look back on Walk21 Rotterdam. What are the lessons learned from the conference? How will this knowledge help the city of Rotterdam in putting the pedestrians first? Together with Jim Walker from Walk21, they will pass the baton to the city who will organize Walk21 Rotterdam in 2020!