Working Group on Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health


Walking is the most natural form of mobility; however cities have not always evolved to accommodate the needs of pedestrians. Walking has in many cases been neglected in the development of transport systems. Improving the pedestrians' environment can contribute significantly to meeting the challenges of climate change, air pollution and health.

The objectives of this project were to provide guidance to policy-makers to promote walking in urban areas. It is based on an analysis of pedestrians' needs as well as safety, mobility and health data. The project focused in particular on the following areas: urban planning, traffic regulations, mobility policy and planning, speed moderation, urban space and infrastructure design and education and communication.


Participating Countries

The Working Group was chaired by Mr. Thanos VLASTOS (University of Athens, Greece).
The following countries nominated an expert to the working group: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.


The final report of the project “Pedestrian, Safety, Urban Space and Health” was released in September 2012. It presents evidence on the important place of walking in transport policies and provides guidelines for developing a safe environment conducive to walking.

Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health:
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Summary Document May 2011  French version  Spanish version PDF

Presentation by the Chairman of the Working Group PDF


Chairman of the Working Group, Thanos Vlastos
(University of Athens), on pedestrian safety,
soft modes, recommendations, and "sojourning"

Related Activities

European 350 COST project on Pedestrian Quality Needs
Walk 21 Initiatives


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