Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Improving the Quality of Walking and Cycling in Cities


This report examines the current conditions of walking and cycling in cities. It reviews the literature on the potential benefits of active mobility, highlighting the importance of moving away from car-centric development. It also explores how cities developed into car-centric environments, with a particular focus on moto-normative assumptions. The report offers recommendations for re-centring mobility spaces on people to improve the quality, enjoyment, utility and safety of active mobility. 

This report draws on the deliberations of an ITF Roundtable, Increasing Cycling and Walking in Urban Mobility

Policy Insights

  • Focus on improving the quality (not quantity) of walking and cycling in cities.
  • Democratise mobility space to ensure citizens can travel more safely, healthily and in comfort.
  • Incorporate violence reduction as a critical transport policy goal.
  • Remove car blinders from transport appraisal methods and consider a broader range of alternatives.
  • Remove moto-normative policies to increase the effectiveness of new pro-walking and cycling policies.
  • Decouple walking and cycling to focus on the different needs of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Ensure access to high-quality collective transport to enable better walking and cycling.

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