As part of the TUMI funded project Walk21 Director Jim Walker recently visited Lagos, Nigeria to progress a pilot for the Global Sidewalk Challenge.
Walk21 is working In partnership with LAMATA (the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority) with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and SLoCaT to assess the existing walking conditions and engage local people to define future investment priorities.
Professors from CEDEUS, the Sustainable Transport Research department of the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, are helping Walk21 with the technical components of the project by creating a pioneering new tool to help with data collection. Specifically, the tool allows walkers to geographically pinpoint where their walking needs are not being met.
During this October the project team aims for about 500 people to be sharing more than 5,000 experiences as data points that will allow clusters of concern to be identified. This will be a helpful basis for LAMATA who are keen to demonstrate their commitment to delivering on their newly published Non-Motorised Transport Policy.
Several other cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America have already approached Walk21 and are interested in using the STRIDE tool once the pilot in Lagos is completed.
If you are interested in applying this tool, do get in touch with us to join the challenge and help create 100,000 km of new sidewalks by 2030 as the essential infrastructure for the benefit of walkers worldwide.