Pre-Conference Program and PEP-Workshop

On Monday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 20, there will be three exciting pre-conference workshops. There is no additional cost to attend pre-conference sessions but you must register for them at

Pre-conference registration is on a first-come, first-served basis so please register early.


Advancing ‘Pedestrians’ Quality Needs Policies’

Monday, 19 October, 2 – 5 p.m.

chaired by Rob Methorst (SWOV Road Safety Institute, The Netherlands)

In the years 2006 – 2010 the COST 358 Pedestrians’ Quality Needs (PQN) project was carried out. The project was strongly connected to WALK21, and aimed to establish what people need to choose to walk. At about the same period the OECD/ITF organised a sister-project ‘Pedestrian safety, Urban Space and Health’, to deliver guidance for governments. A third project sister project, associated both to PQN and WALK21, is ‘Measuring Walking’. The results of the three projects stood central at the 2010 WALK21 conference in The Hague. At the 2013 WALK21 conference in München the partners of three working groups re-united and exchanged information about progress made after the project in a pre-conference workshop in two strongly linked pre-conference workshops. This abstract concern a proposal to organise a second reunion of the three working groups (and interested experts) following the WALK21 München formula.

Aims of the proposed pre-conference:

  • Synchronisation of academic minds regarding walking and sojourning in public space research and policy development
  • Exchange of project ideas
  • Sounding out potential new COST projects on walking and sojourning in public space policy (or the somewhat wider scope vulnerable road users)

Workshop Program

13:30 Coffee and registration
14:00 Welcome
14:05 Round of introduction; introduction to the session program
14:20 5 minute talks about progress made since 2013
15:30 Coffee break
15:45 Presentation of ideas and plans for (international) policy research projects.

A COST project proposal was submitted about vulnerable road user’s single crashes. At the session we hope that the proposal is accepted; otherwise we will present some ideas and discuss options. If possible we’ll send project information to workshop delegates in advance.

17:00 Workshop Closing


Active School Travel Workshop

Tuesday, 20 October, 9 – 12 a.m.

chaired by Rodrigo Luruena (ATE, Switzerland)

Click here for downloading all relevant abstracts for this workshop

Practical cost/benefit initiatives such as active school travel projects have been growing in popularity around the world to increase children health and safety. Even though they are not a substitute for adapting roads and public infrastructure to children’s needs, they highlight children as first class pedestrians and put their mobility in the front line. In most cases, it is through the commitment and motivation of parents that such initiatives become a success story.

At several Walk21 conferences since 2005 practitioners have gathered to share best and promising practices and brainstorm solutions to common barriers. At Walk21 in Sydney in 2014, and at the 2014 ATE hosted workshop in Geneva, a common theme emerged – the need to better engage parents to become more active participants in the school journey.

Therefore, the aim of this workshop is to exchange experiences and engage in the following topics: How can we promote practical cost/benefit initiatives that increase pedestrian children safety and health? What are the best ways to motivate and engage parents in such initiatives?
We invite practitioners, researchers, public health, policy makers, and others to participate in this workshop to discuss actions and experiences that might increase parental acceptance of active school travel.

08: 30 Coffee and Registration
09:00 Introduction
09:10 Brainstorming
09:35 Speakers’ presentations
11:00 Break
11:10 Group Discussion
11:55 Conclusions
12:00 Close


Measuring Walking, Part VII: Travel survey standard and its benefits

Tuesday, 20 October, 9 – 12 a.m.
Chaired by Daniel Sauter, jointly organised by the Measuring Walking team

Building on the long tradition of Walk21 conferences, this years 7th edition of the pre-conference work-shop on Measuring Walking focuses on travel surveys. They play a critical role to measure project out-comes, tracking performance or benchmarking and the data provides key references for the amount of walking done. At the same time, walking presents particular challenges for accurate measurement. The workshop team, supported by other experts worldwide, have been working on the proposal for a “standard for treatment of walking in travel surveys” for several years. At the Walk21 in Sydney, key issues around the proposal were presented and debated. During the summer 2015 the revised pro-posal was circulated among experts throughout the world. This is part of the long-term effort to estab-lish international standards for the collection, analysis and dissemination of qualitative and quantitative techniques for measuring walking initiated at Walk21 in Toronto 2007.
At the pre-conference workshop of Walk21 in Vienna we will …

  • present the final outcome of the standard and demonstrate what its benefits are for a better under-standing of transport modes, in particular of walking and its links to other modes.
  • show interesting results about how data changes perceptions and outcomes and demonstrate what works and what doesn’t.
  • debate how the standard can be incorporated into existing travel surveys and how it can get adopted in different countries and cities worldwide.

Furthermore, “early adopter” commitments are sought.
Everyone is welcome to the workshop. To participate at the workshop you need first to register for the Walk21 conference here: You can pick up your conference ticket at Vienna City Hall (registration desk) from Monday morning onwards.

Draft program (click here to download the detailed program)

09:00 Welcome and introduction, objectives of the day

09:20 Standard for treatment of walking in travel surveys (Miles Tight, Tim Pharoah, Ryan Martinson, Martin Wedderburn, Daniel Sauter)

09:50 Demonstration what travel surveys can achieve (Werner Broeg, Gregor Stratil-Sauer)

11:10 How to implement the international standard (all)

11:45 Conclusion of the day

12:00 End of workshop

To register for this workshop, please send an email to (limited places available).


THE PEP-Workshop
Transport Health Environment Pan European Program

WALK21 THE PEP Workshop Good walking in Europe:
Promoting pedestrian mobility – the UNECE WHO Transport Health Environment Pan European Program

Thursday, 22 October, 15.30 – 17.00.
Chaired by Matthias Rinderknecht, Federal Office for Transport, Switzerland
Location: Mozart Room

15:30 Welcome address by the moderator Matthias Rinderknecht, Chair of THE PEP, Federal Office of Transport, Department on International Affairs, Switzerland

Opening Key Notes
15:35-15:50 The positive health effects of walking, Dr. Nick Cavill, Health Promotion Consultor, Director of Cavill Associates Ltd.
15:50-16:00 THE PEP Health Economic Assessment Tool for walking and cycling (HEAT), Dr Francesca Racioppi World Health Organization

Member State Showcases
16:00-16:10: Walking for life – 3 years of Norvegian Walking Strategy, Liv Øvstedal, Senior Engineer Norwegian Public Roads Administration
16:10-16:20: Walking towards safety and health in Serbia, Biljana Jovanovic Ilic, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection, Republic of Serbia
16:20-16:30: Walking environment is starting to change in Moscow, Olga Kislova, Chief Specialist of the Nature Management and Environment Protection Department of Moscow Government
16:30-16:40: Austrian Masterplan for Walking Robert Thaler, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

16:40-16:55 Discussion on how to promote walking on national level and European scale
Member States, IGOs and NGOs are invited to briefly provide their views

Conclusions and Closing
16:55-17:00 Concluding Remarks by THE PEP Chair

Please not that this workshop takes place during the official Walk21 Vienna 2015 conference program. Entrance into the conference venue is only possible with a valid conference ticket.