Walk21 aim to promote walking within mobility data by setting standards allowing it to be comparable with other modes of transport.

Measuring Walking is a continuous project and part of the international conference series. It originates in the European COST Action 358 ‘Pedestrian Quality Needs’. 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.

Resources that can measure and standardise walking

International Walking Data Standard

The International Walking Data Standard is a response, reviewed by experts, to the growing need for the promotion of walking being the most sustainable mode of transport.

Raise the profile of walking, demonstrate the crucial role of good mobility data, improve accuracy and consistency of data collection for all modes and allow for comparisons between cities and countries.

This standard provides guidance that ensures all travel surveys provide a complete and accurate mobility data collection which allows for comparisons between cities and countries. It was launched at the Walk21 conference in Vienna in October 2015.



Global Walking Indicators

The Global Walking Indicators are a reference for government agencies to align their specific data collection with. They are presented in a tiered system to allow for appropriate prioritisation.

Give walking its true value by qualifying and quantifying the impact if investment in order to benefit everyone on foot.

The indicators determine the appropriate level of access, safety, efficiency and affordability for walking. These are presented in a tiered approach which allows government agencies to align their place specific data collection with the appropriate level of indicators.

Urban Mobility Indicators

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The Urban Mobility Indicators were published by Walk21, in partnership with UITP, as a common set indicators and best practice on the walkability of cities and access to public transport.

“Adopting these new urban mobility indicators will ensure future investment in walking and public transport is effective and value for money”


The Urban Mobility Indicators relate to sustainable development goal 11.2 to invest in more accessible, safe, efficient, affordable and sustainable infrastructure for walking and public transport. 

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