Advocacy Campaigning and Social Projects

Walking is key to urban liveability and vital for community life. We are witnessing a shift towards walking and walkability across the globe as a rediscovered measure for urban quality. Citizens, collectives, NGOs and others aiming to improve (urban) environments are often directly engaging with the public and the urban realm. Pro-walking advocacy work can be strategic or immediate and is frequently done with a hands-on approach. This category seeks creative approaches that use walking as a strategy for creating or optimising public spaces for liveable communities. It is open for ideas, projects and visions that put walking on the agenda as an integral element of a contemporary mobility culture. It also welcomes projects that involve walking as a strategy to raise awareness about or for dealing with issues of social concern.

Keywords: Advocacy, Campaigning, Grassroots, Activism, Mobility Culture, Education, Outreach, Tactical Urbanism, Placemaking, Urban Transition, Public Health

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  • ParkletsQro

    ParkletQro is a tactical urbanism intervention, which generates a safe, friendly and fun transfer space, in the city of Queretaro. Managed to return to the citizens a space that had been dominated by the car.
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  • En Bus más Sexy

    #EnBusMáSexy highlights the typical aesthetics of urban buses in Medellín. The initiative seeks to leave the comfort of going door from house to the office door in car and get you motivated to walk to the bus stop just for the simple fact of observing things you have never seen or improve their health. This campaign has 10 reasons why bus ride is funny experience.´
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  • Ktm walks

    The “Ktm walks” campaign is an effort to make people realize the importance and necessity of pedestrian zone for safety, environment and health. This event initiated to create public space for safe walking and socializing by restricting motorized vehicles in different areas of Kathmandu. It is a joint effort from different organizations and is first time attempted in Kathmandu.
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  • DRONES TO WALK IN PEACE

    The objective is to use drones to search and destroy anti-personnel mines, through a combination of technologies and methods that achieve maximize the cleaning of affected areas. To restore calm to walk in peace, promoting social, cultural and economic development of the regions.
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  • Walk-Ability Workshops

    The project uses interactive exercises to demonstrate to high school students why it is important for cities to be accessible to people with different physical abilities. We do exercises that diminish sensorial capacities such, and we evaluate the walking accessibility of the school grounds and neighborhoods.
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  • Cotham Village – community site

    Cotham Village is a community lead project that connects people through a website, social media and our village to meet, walk, connect, improve and enjoy things local. We will be crowdsourcing shops and activities so we can walk to what we need and want. We will be creating place based funky tea towels and pillow cases with local Cotham Village travel walks and transport graphics.
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  • VCD Städtecheck 2014

    Both achieving broad media coverage and enjoying high credibility in the scientific and political community, the VCD Städtecheck is a tool designed to inform policy makers and the media about local road safety trends in 80 cities with more than 100.000 inhabitants across Germany.
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  • Little Street Explorers

    Endowed with the role of street explorers, children of public schools in São Paulo take part of an urban education project idealised by APÉ Study Group and Tomie Ohtake Arts Institute. Through city exploring, the project seeks the practice of urban thinking through walking with kids, as well as envisages including the experience outside the classroom in the educational background.
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  • Children’s Energy for Humanity

    Hopscotch and Children's Energy for Humanity! Away from the politics and diplomacy, closer to humanity and communication between cultures. In this time that the politics control our live, we need to active the children energy to use it for helping the humanity.
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  • Every Body Walk!

    Every Body Walk! is an award-winning campaign aimed at getting Americans up and moving. We are working to spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve your overall health and prevent disease. We provide news and resources on walking, health information, 200+ videos, social media engagement and a documentary film.
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  • Walking Neighbourhood by Children

    The Walking Neighbourhood hosted by Children provokes rethinking of children, childhood and public spaces through children leading unknown adults on walks of local neighbourhoods.
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  • Tehran : 21.097494 kilometers

    Tehran : 21.097494 kilometers proposes to dream a future where the city’s most iconic street, the longest in the Middle East becomes the stage of a Half Marathon. As far as this seems far from the actual situation of the car oriented society, polluted city and its restricted public space, the proposal stays confident in the force of collective dreams and it's agency toward change.
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  • Prioritizing walking in Dhaka

    What if local government improve conditions for walking rather than motorized traffic? What if we could convince politicians to incorporate walking issues into their election manifestoes…and then work with them to implement them? Walking issues onto the election manifesto of the winning mayoral candidate in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The next step is to work with him to implement his commitments.
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  • Respeto por el Peatón

    Respeto por el peatón (Respect for pedestrians), is an civil organization that promote a healthy and pacific walkability. We also promote quality of the walkability, working to look a pedestrian culture in Peruvian cities; through advocacy,communication and social marketing, and developing projects of urban intervention. We are pedestrian activists!
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  • Bite on the Side

    Huntly’s “A Bite on the Side” edible trail is the concept of local artist Norma D Hunter and links two woodland areas in the town with a series of plantings providing free food beneficial to health and for everyone's enjoyment.
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  • Respect the sidewalk – LBSR

    A collective claim aimed to revalue the place of pedestrians in the city. It was born in an industrial car orientated city, in an attempt to transform its pervasive dynamics. Cars parked on the sidewalk are the main targets. Our claim is printed in stickers to be pasted on the cars obstructing pedestrian’s flow. Today, LBSR has evolved to perform different type of activities.
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  • Safer Street, Livable City

    To reclaim the streets from motor vehicles and provide streets for people a Walkability campaign is needed.
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  • The Barbados Trailway

    The Barbados Trailway is a proposed project to promote health and wellness, sustainable transport and tourism in Barbados which would convert the old Barbados Railway reserve from Bulkeley Sugar Factory, St. George to Consett Bay, St. John into an accessible pathway for pedestrians, runners and cyclists. The trail is currently used for an annual hike called the 'Colin Hudson Great Train Hike'.
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  • your724 – the key to move your health

    An evidence based web-platform to support individuals to change to a more active life/healthstyle.
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  • MAYlands WALKS

    A research project about walking; using walking as a data collection method; and communicated back to the community by walking!
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  • Koprivnica Health Paths

    In the IEE project Active Access, a network of walking paths was designed in order to enhance the walkablity of the city and create a sense of ownership among the citizens. Three years after the completion, the network achieves another boost: the new SUMP, first in Croatia, gives pedestrians and cyclists the biggest role in spatial planning.
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  • Brisbane City Active School Travel

    The Active School Travel program aims to reduce congestion, improve road safety skills, reduce carbon emissions and increase physical activity among school students. This travel behaviour change initiative promotes sustainable and healthy travel modes such as walking, cycling, scootering, carpooling and using public transport by engaging with the school community to implement a range of activities
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  • Stamp of Disapproval

    To walk freely throughout a city is a privilege that is not afforded to us all. The reality for many women and girls is that our freedom is restricted by the threat of sexual harassment and violence. We aim to break the silence around this problem and promote discourse by making a “Stamp of Disapproval” at each location of reported violence, making the reality of daily violence visible.
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  • Cultural village and active lifestyle

    Evangelical Social Action Forum (ESAF) through its Livable City Project with HealthBridge Foundation, explored for spaces that can be made available for children and public. Public space audit captured the potential of Children’s Cultural Village which will cater to the needs of almost 2000 families in and around the area. Community engagement, involvement of media and were the key strategies.
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  • Perils For Pedestrians Television

    "Perils For Pedestrians" is a public affairs television series that looks at problems confronting pedestrians in communities like yours, and solutions to those problems from around the world.
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  • Standing up for older pedestrians

    This ongoing campaign combines research, evidence-based resource development and sustained advocacy through the media and directly to all levels of government, to address the barriers to walking among older adults in the State of Victoria, Australia (population 6 million).
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  • social street

    The idea of “social street” originates from the experience of the Facebook (FB) group “Residents in Fondazza street – Bologna” starting in september 2013. The purpose of the Social Street is to promote socialization between neighbors resident in the same street in order to build relationships, to interchange needs, to share expertise and knowledges, to implement common interest social bond
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  • Rasen am Ring – Carfree Ring!

    On the international carfree day the event "Rasen am Ring" transforms the Viennese Ring into a green oasis with green lawn instead of traffic jam, with people walking on the lane instead of cars. "Rasen am Ring" promotes an alternative and progressive utilization of this famous boulevard.
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  • Desenhe sua Faixa

    The goal of Desenhe sua Faixa (Design your crosswalk) is to provide a tool to pedestrian communication with the government, in a collaborative map that functions as a data base with information about issues that people face to get around the city of Sao Paulo,regarding sidewalks and crosswalks. To improve the walkability of a city is indispensable that the path has good quality as well as safety.
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  • Metanoia

    Metanoia is journey of changing one's mind, self, heart or way of life. Metanoia aims to eliminate the social stigma associated with mental illness through a journey that one goes through in order to experience what mental illness feels like. Metanoia proposes a mental health awareness center built as public installation that can be accessed by walking through it.
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  • Manic Street Walkers

    Manic Street Walkers (MSW) is a walk-for-pleasure program launched in 2011 by C2O library & collabtive. It promotes walking for the purpose of exploring and enjoying the city. We bring local “experts”—residents, artists, researchers, etc.—to share their insights. But participants also actively contribute as explorer, reporter, photographer, etc.
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  • Somos Cerros

    Somos Cerros is an initiative that promotes civic awareness and appropriation of the Eastern Mountains of Bogotá (Colombia), generating an environmental culture around them. Through cultural, artistic activities, and outdoor activities, the project aims to restore ecological spaces for the citizens, reconnect the communities, and generate a new way of living and experiencing the city and nature.
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  • Thurrock 100

    Thurrock 100 is an exciting community walking festival, located within reach of the Thames Estuary through the first swathe of countryside outside of East London. The Thurrock 100 campaign combines walking and the arts, drawing on their potential to bring communities together, improve health and wellbeing and connect people to the rich heritage around them to strengthen collective identity.
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  • Equal Streets – Mumbai

    People in Mumbai are being squeezed out of spaces to walk or cycle by the sheer pressure of cars. Equal Streets Day closes off one side of the road to motorised transport to create space for non-motorised and active modes of transport. The program's objective is to create awareness, support, and catalyse permanent infrastructure change in the city.
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  • Green Cities

    Green Cities is an on-line campaign to create awareness on green economy in Kenya's cities. Our goal is to have these cities with improved human well-being and social-equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. We advance our readership with a monthly Green Cities newsletter so that we contribute to the urban carbon reduction campaign such as walk to work.
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  • Walkable Kathmandu

    The face of Kathmandu Valley has changed with the expansion of inner roads and ring roads. The road expansion program has eased traffic congestion, but the footpaths have narrowed more, creating problems for pedestrians. So our ideas is to make city walkable, that is Walkable Kathmandu
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  • Spirit of Place

    Bandung as Laboratory of Architecture in Indonesia. The concept of this walking tour is the space that tells the story and time share. Space storytelling is a design approach with considering time, human, and the current environmental situation.
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  • Cebras por la Vida

    The Cebras Por La Vida (Crosswalks for Life) Art Communication Initiative, involves communities and the increase of public awareness about the importance of more walkable and livable cities. This project is a direct and emphatic response to an urban tragedy that results in approximately 300 dead pedestrians per year in Bogotá, or what accounts to almost 1 fatality every day. Unacceptable!
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  • URBAN HITCHHIKER

    Within the Walk21 conference in Vienna, we want to deal with the specifics of selected Viennese urban areas and moving around as URBAN HITCHHIKER through the meshwork of the city. The project is going to be practiced in several cities during the following months and is further to be developed into an instrument that allows a social character and to provide local knowledge and exchange.
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  • PEATONIZATE CON MIMOS

    The main idea of this new project comes from what we as young people want change and one of those things is primarily culture in the road that we all need. Also part of the respect of motorists to pedestrians and cyclists to lower rates of accidents that occur daily in this great metropolis that is Mexico City.
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  • Free Pedestrians From the Dungeons!

    Warsaw still struggles with the relics of socialist thinking in terms of urban transport infrastructure. In effect, the authorities need to be regularly reminded that having to go up and down stairs to get to the other side of the street isn't the most desirable option. A campaign, including a series of happenings, was organized in 2011-2015 in places where ground-level pedestrian crossings are necessary.
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  • Raahgiri Day – Apni Rahen, Apni Azaadi

    Raahgiri Day is India’s first sustained car-free citizen initiative that began in Gurgaon on Nov 17, 2013 & was conceived by 5 organizations–EMBARQ India,IAmGurgaon,Pedalyatri,Heritage School & Duplays. Every Sunday, for 4-5 hours in the morning, dedicated stretches of roads in the city are blocked for motorized traffic and opened for people. Today, this movement is celebrated in 15 Indian cities.
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  • Editorial El Caminante

    Editorial El Caminante is an editorial project that seeks to produce and provide consumable information in Spanish about cities: texts that go from essays, chronicles and short stories, to technical information and DIY manuals. Our aim is to inform, include and empower regular citizens (particularly in Latin America) to shape the community and environment they live in.
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  • Walking, unsung benefit to discover

    Despite the important benefits of walking, it’s not easy to walk in Niamey. A study we conducted in 2014 found that the environment was unfavorable for people walking with poor footpaths, few safe crossings and motorized parking blocking pedestrian paths. The main objective of our project is to mobilize the citizens of Niamey to integrate walking in their personal and collective agenda.
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  • Walking to Capture Intangible Value

    The purpose of this research is to discover familiarities with museums within the Austrian community. These familiarities will be described in two major ways. Discovering the hidden and buried cultural practices in Austrian land by way of walking to the museums, historical places in Vienna. Secondly, the ways and means of communicating about museums will be described.
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  • Machinoeki – Human Stations

    “Machinoeki” is a station for people whose main mode of transport is walking. It offers free use of toilets and resting places, local information and guidance, and smiles of “station masters” with a spirit of hospitality. Any existing facility can become a Machinoeki. Using this logo, more than 1600 Machinoekis are located throughout Japan.
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  • The Healthy Streets approach

    The Healthy Streets approach shows promise as a new way to engage and align a range of stakeholders around a shared vision of better public spaces for liveable communities. This has been developed into an on-street survey for identifying what needs to be prioritized at both a strategic and street-level and bringing the community into the conversation about their public realm.
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  • Grüngrätzlwege

    Walking routes to explore the wide range of different boroughs in Vienna.
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  • Accessible?

    “Accessible?” is an app providing valid, in-depth information with pictures about a route’s, a trail’s, a place’s or a venue’s accessibility. People with disabilities yearn for the independence to walk, stroll, wheel, travel, have fun and enjoy leisure time - just like anybody else!
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  • Urbani sprehodi Jane’s Walk

    With annual organisation of ‘urban walks’ in the framework of the Jane's Walk initiative since 2011 IPoP advocates for benefits of utility walking in Slovenia. Together with local partners IPoP already managed to intitiate 73 walks in different towns and cities across Slovenia and engaged at least 1400 interested walkers. IPoP supports the organisation by promotion and support to local organizers.
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  • Tsukishima Alley Walking Map

    The Tsukishima Alley Walking Map introduces Japan’s traditional nagaya rowhouses and roji alleys for people who visit the old Tsukudajima and Tsukishima areas to enjoy walking through a maze of narrow alleys in the town on Tokyo Bay, and watching the local ways of life.
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  • #PalacéParaTodos

    Palace is one of the main streets in Medellin city, but the sidewalks and 2 of its 5 carlanes are commonly used as parking lots; moreover the commercial shops have opposed the construction of a cyclelane. #PalacéParaTodos is a project that aims to recover the public space for pedestrians occupied illegally and to put pressure on the cyclelane construction.
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  • Spaces for Children in Kampala

    Our project studied parks located in Kampala. We found in many areas of the city, especially the outer regions where the slum and informal settlements are located, that children do not have easy walking access to parks and playgrounds. Our current study is examining these under-served areas and will use the information to advocate for better, safer play spaces where children can walk.
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  • Mut in the City

    Urban walks combined with visits to uplifting neighbourhood projects, raising awareness in the fields of environmental, societal and economic transition
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  • Reclaim the streets!

    The “Asphaltpirates” set unconventional accents to provide the streets in the Vienna Josefstadt temporarily as a recreation area for residents, as a stage for open-air concerts or as a market-place for organic food. With their actions, they want to call attention to the unfair distribution of public space in densely built urban areas in favor of car-traffic and to the detriment of walking people.
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  • Going for a Walk

    An audio-verbatim walk, using the words of real people, to provide an experience of walking in someone else's shoes.
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