National policy training – Registrations have opened

Registrations have opened for free interactive training and support to national governments during May and June 2023.

In parallel to the development of a Pan-European Masterplan for Walking (by October 2023), Walk21 will be providing free interactive training and support to national governments during May and June 2023. The aim is to support the development of effective national walking policies that deliver improvements to health and well-being, mitigate climate change, and reduce road fatalities.

The policy support, in the first instance, is targeting the 56 national governments  of the pan-European Region cooperating in THE PEP Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme and is supported by a grant from the Volvo Research and Education Foundation (VREF).

During the programme participants will learn how to:

  • Broaden their knowledge and understanding of walking issues and benefit from a comprehensive overview of walking worldwide.
  • Analyse and discuss the latest trends and developments in the sector with experienced walking experts and professionals from different parts of the world
  • Gain an insight into the main challenges facing people walking and what can be done to help them.
  • Provide an opportunity to brainstorm on solutions and innovative ideas and steps to support people walking and improve walkability.
  • Develop a policy that embeds principles of sustainability, equity and service quality.

After the training participants will be able to:

  • Define what makes an effective national walking policy
  • Apply a policy development process that increases the likelihood of a positive impact
  • Develop a multidisciplinary team for walking policy development at a national level
  • Engage support from politicians, communities, academics, and experts for a common policy goal
  • Transfer their knowledge to a country context.

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