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WalkUrban: Walkable Urban Neighbourhoods – Freeing up Potential for Sustainable and Active Travel by Improving Walking and its Connections with Public Transport
Client:JPI Urban Europe: ERA-NET Cofund Urban Accessibility and Connectivity and Horizon 2020. ILS is funded by BMBF (DE)
Partner(s):University College London (funded by ESRC, GB); Universität Karlstad (funded by SWEA, SE); City of Genoa (funded by MIUR, IT)
Time frame:06/2021 – 04/2024

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WalkUrban aims at a better understanding of local accessibility and urban walkability in order to free up the potential for walking. The project combines quantitative and qualitative methods through innovative analyses of objective, subjective and perceived walking accessibility as well as walking-related attitudes and travel satisfaction. It aims to identify key drivers for and obstacles to walking in different urban neighbourhoods. The research will be carried out in close collaboration with local stakeholders in three European cities: Genoa (IT), Dortmund (DE) and Gothenburg (SE). WalkUrban will improve data collection and analysis methods. For the assessment of selected walking routes, citizens and other stakeholder members can use their smartphones and participate in the fieldwork. The ultimate goal of the project is to identify local solutions for improving walkability alongside general recommendations in order to support walking as a zero-emission, sustainable and active transport mode in urban areas.



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