Accessible, affordable and helpful tools have been designed to help value, measure and steer investment in walking

Walking is under valued everywhere, yet it is the most inclusive and low carbon mode of transport. Even in the developed world there is a lack of data on walking trips and few robust datasets that can be used by cities to inform their investment decisions. This makes it difficult for planners and politicians to appropriately prioritise investments to improve walking conditions. In particular, standard ‘mode shift’ and ‘carbon reduction’ decision-making and funding priority models do not value the retention of existing walking levels and their associated benefits.

This is further compounded in least developing countries, especially in Africa, where there are major data gaps and transport planning is usually focused on road building for high volume transport. But the success of high volume passenger transport is dependent on people being able to access that transport and in cities all over the world, that means safer, more attractive and direct walking routes to stops and stations.

Walk21 is continue to develop tools to help improve the understanding of the true value of walking and its contribution to realising the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement for climate. As well as the tools listed here Walk21 is currently developing a new methodology for quantifying the benefits within projects so countries and cities, funders and communities can consistently identify and measure successful policies and practices.

We know that this is especially urgent for least developed countries, where many millions of people already walk, so they can do so in safety, and build inclusive societies while managing carbon emissions. But the benefits of a consistent approach will benefit walkers everywhere.

Useful Tools

Walkability.app

The Walkability.app is a tool designed by Walk21 in partnership with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, developing the STRIDE app. It engages communities and joins the challenge to create 100,000 km of new sidewalks by 2030.

What it does

Provide a platform for walkers to log how they feel when they are walking in their neighbourhoods. This information is used by decision-makers to guide investment in walking infrastructure within their cites.

How

The app shows a series of characteristics that you select to be green, amber or red depending on how you feel as you are walking. It will be available to download soon and is under development.

App coming soon!

W-her App

Walk21 facilitates the W-her tool as a way for women to map and share their recommended walks with other women. Walk21 is grateful to Eleonora, Andrea and Roberta for their pioneering innovation to develop this popular tool.

What it does

Who said that the shortest route is also the most reccomended? Wher is the first navigator where roads are suggested by women according to how safe they are!

How

More than 80,000 people have downloaded the app and the community is growing. Join the community and download the app below.