In the framework of COST Action 358 and the WALK21 conference series a project is being undertaken to harmonise and standardise methods for measuring walking.
The goal is to “establish a set of international guidelines for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative and qualitative techniques for measuring walking” as was concluded at the WALK21 conference in Melbourne 2006.
The guidelines will serve, among other purposes, as benchmark for the implementation of principles laid down in the International Charter for Walking.
The process of discussing and agreeing globally on some minimal standards is estimated to take until 2010 (at least). Workshops have been held at Walk21 conferences in Toronto (2007) and Barcelona (2008).
Further work on performance indicators is underway in preparation for the 10th Walk21 conference in New York in 2009.
A range of documents, including some of the presentations from the workshops, will be available shortly. Further updates about the project will be posted on this site, so check back to stay in touch.
If you would like to get in touch with the project team or the international experts contributing to this exciting project, please visit the project website, www.measuring-walking.org