Conference Themes

Walking towards new public spaces

The quality and walkability of public spaces is a prerequisite for a liveable city and defines the level of inclusiveness a city offers. The walkability of a city and the qualities of public spaces play a major role in the future mobility of cities and on following up strategies to become a smart city. Vienna has well designed and accessible public spaces, attractive walking routes, safe infrastructure and is being managed, wherever possible, to be inclusive and barrier free. Still, the City is keen to be even more walkable by ensuring its public spaces are as accessible, relevant and welcoming to people what ever their age, ability or culture. We are interested to hear from good examples around the globe, of public spaces that are being planned in partnership with the people living in them, in particular, and how that improves their use, appreciation and the neighbouring economy.

 

Walking towards resilient cities

Walking is the simplest and oldest form of mobility but is only relatively recently experiencing a renaissance in city development as part of planning for resilience. Proving to be effective at fighting the impacts of climate change, energy scarcity, obesity, air pollution and economic uncertainty, resilient cities are investing in walking as a democratic, cost-effective and inclusive solution. Resilient cities face future challenges with efficient long term policies. Walking is one of these sustainable policies and will help make urban areas fit for the next century. We are keen to hear examples of where cities are using walking policies and projects to improve resilience and in particular how they are measuring impact.

 

Walking towards safety and health

Walking benefits personal health and the environment, which reduces the macroeconomic expenses on medical costs but at a cost to infrastructure budgets in order to ensure it is comfortable and safe. We particularly welcome experiences of where communities have developed practical cost / benefit partnerships to create a net benefit for communities. We would like to hear examples of where safety and health has specifically been increased through campaigns, speed reduction strategies, a community reclaiming the streets etc. Shared spaces, pedestrian zones and the reclamation of public spaces in urban areas are currently gaining more attention. What other strategies can be pursued to keep pedestrians safe and healthy? 04 Walking together Nearly every trip begins and ends with a walk. Walking is the connection of all modes of transport and especially public transport stops and hubs require a special focus and synergy of information, space and infrastructure. But what is the best way to give people the right information about the walk stage to ensure it as good as possible. We particularly welcome examples of systems and service oriented information, multimodal transport projects and cooperation, awareness raising, and effective communication campaigns and tools.

 

Walking together

Nearly every trip begins and ends with a walk. Walking is the connection of all modes of transport and especially public transport stops and hubs require a special focus and synergy of information, space and infrastructure. But what is the best way to give people the right information about the walk stage to ensure it as good as possible. We particularly welcome examples of systems and service oriented information, multimodal transport projects and cooperation, awareness raising, and effective communication campaigns and tools.