Pecha Kucha

Promoting pedestrianism
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In this Pecha Kucha, five contributors tell different stories on how to promote pedestrianism. You will hear how the Walking Week Festival creates awareness about walking conditions in Brazilian cities through a social media campaign, photo competition, talks, films, exhibitions, and of course: walks! The ambitious Walk Leicester Action Plan managed to implement this programme among 10,000 people, of whom 25% ended up increasing their physical activity and 35% reduced their car journeys. It’s the same routine every day: you get up, have breakfast and rush to work by bike, public transport or car. The Walk to Work Day makes people rethink their daily journey to work. 97% of participants planned to keep on walking afterwards! Oman has made a shift from compact settlements to isolated single-family villas and individual motorised modes of transport, resulting in detachment from the public realm and a decrease in pedestrian activities. How can City Games help reverse that process?

Mix of statements
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A pecha kucha packed with examples of collaboration and knowledge exchange, with one common goal: putting the pedestrian first! Six EU countries (RO, IT, AT, LT, NL, SI) are working together in the Cyclewalk Project to define common quality standards and share best practices in data-driven walking infrastructure planning. How do they facilitate the transfer of know-how? And it’s not only countries that are working together: 16 municipalities in Switzerland are also taking part in a walkability comparison. Currently, the City of Mikkeli is running pilot project for a pedestrian-oriented street, despite a lot of opposition from some politicians and shopkeepers. How do you prepare and implement this kind of pilot project? What have been the impacts and outcomes? At Avenue René Coty in Paris, the city of Paris used an approach of participation, through workshops with residents and a building weekend involving 100 people, and they came up with a plan for the operational transformation of this historical promenade!  In Toronto, Canada, they are working on the revitalisation of an existing power transmission corridor. When complete, The Meadoway will be a vibrant, integrated urban open space: Canada’s largest linear park!

Strategy to promote walking
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A pecha kucha packed with examples of strategies to encourage people to walk more! Slopes can deter people from walking: the physical activity is challenging and people think that uphill walking is less enjoyable. How can you make steep streets enjoyable to walk up? Hear the findings and results from a very recent study! Researchers from Auckland wanted to know how perceived environmental characteristics correlate with everyday walking. Results suggest that quality of the walking environment might be more detrimental to walking than the availability of destinations. How can this knowledge help create a shift in short journeys made on foot? The Slovenian method of sustainable mobility planning has resulted in the comeback of walking in Slovenian towns. Learn how a small-scale, local approach with a strong emphasis on public participation counteracted the trend of fast-growing motorisation! Greater Manchester has developed a 15 step programme to radically transform cycling and walking in the region. One of the steps is to trial regular street closures on residential streets and in town and city centres. Find out more about these events, the challenges faced, the achieved successes and the next steps.