Canada Walks Director Jacky Kennedy attended the Walk21 conference in Vienna 20-23 October, along with approximately 600 other delegates from around the globe. Jacky reports: “The conference took place at the Rathaus (Vienna City Hall), a stunningly beautiful building that adds to the sense that Vienna is a lovely walking city. Cars drive at 30 km/hour, cyclists pedal along on well-marked bike lanes, and walkers are respected. Public transit is extremely easy to navigate from the airport right to the heart of the city. Vienna has all the right ingredients to be considered the world’s most livable city.”
“A half-day pre-conference workshop on active school travel was hosted by the Swiss Association transports et environnement. The workshop included presentations on programs from Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Italy, Canada, and India. We learned that the traffic safety barriers faced by children in western countries are far removed from the experiences of children in India and Africa.”
“There was a presentation from HealthBridge’s partners for Livable Cities, and a wealth of information shared from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Niger, Uganda, and Tanzania.
The participants agreed to stay connected. There are plans to share European active school travel projects through an upcoming webinar – watch for this in January. A video by the European Commission has been made available. For those interested in further knowledge sharing, a forum has been created for the active school travel network.”
Daniel Sauter, with Urban Mobility Research, Switzerland, launched the Walking Data Standards document. This is the culmination of his work over several years with international partners to create a comprehensive measuring tool that will complement the principles of the International Charter for Walking.
New to Walk21 this year were the Walking Visionary awards created to highlight new and innovative ways to promote walking and walkability.
Walk21 2016 will take place in Hong Kong. Visit www.walk21.com for details to come soon.