The City of Rotterdam is delighted to be hosting the 20th International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities in partnership with Walk21 from October 7th till 10th 2019. Over the last ten years Rotterdam has transformed the centre into a City Lounge. Encouraging people to meet, stay and enjoy Rotterdam by reallocating road and parking space, slowing traffic speeds and investing in quality public space at an impressive scale. The results are well worth seeing, and have delivered measurable increases in footfall, dwell time, happiness and health. They are an inspiration to anyone aspiring to similar benefits.
Walk the talk
As the city continues to grow more dense, the use of public space is increasing, creating both an opportunity and a sense of urgency. Challenging traditional car mobility, repurposing existing infrastructure and integrating walking with cycling and public transport is helping translate the vision into citywide gains.
Rotterdam’s approach, supported by a new National Walking Agenda, and the parallel achievements in other Dutch cities make a compelling package for politicians and professionals from around the world to experience our practical and visionary ways. Walking can be used as an accelerator for more equitable, healthy and smarter places. Walk the Talk: Smart, Healthy and For everyone
For the Dutch audience, there will be a Dutch program line during Walk21. An important part of this line is the launch of the Dutch Platform 'Ruimte voor Lopen'. This aims to build on the momentum gained over the last two years through the National Voetgangerscongres, for walking in the Netherlands.
Walk21 is the international charity dedicated to ensuring the right to walk and opportunity to enjoy. It is supported and encouraged for everyone across the world. Walk21 started in 2000 with a conference in London and the conference has been held every year since, in different cities around the world. Every year always draws on the best information and presenters worldwide, and delegates come from around the globe. The past years the congress Walk21 was held in: Bogota, Calgary, Hong Kong, Vienna and Sidney. And this year Rotterdam can be added to that list.