This is a study of means to promote walking in cities as an excellent way to keep healthy, to take part in city life, and to meet people. Walking is the most pro-environment way of getting around, aside from biking! However, the increasing motor traffic in cities negatively affects the safety and environment of pedestrians. Pedestrians make up 15-20% of the deaths in road accidents in industrialized countries; this is 40-50% in developing countries. Other problems related to comfort and security also have to be considered in order to obtain a more pedestrian-friendly environment that promotes walking as a means of transport. Urban planning and land organization must be directed towards preserving and providing more foot space, and proximity of work places and services should be improved. Public spaces must be made livable with attractive and comfortable furniture, trees, devices for weather protection, benches, kiosks, etc. Multidisciplinary research is needed to refine and increase knowledge of the behaviour of pedestrians, and to promote walking as a valuable way to enjoy city life and maintain health. To generate cities agreeable to pedestrians will be a great challenge in a program for developing sustainable cities.


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Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 47-57
  • Serial:
    • IATSS Research
    • Volume: 19
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences
    • ISSN: 0386-1112

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721499
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 955
  • Created Date: May 22 1996 12:00AM