The International Charter for Walking

 
 
"Walking is convenient, it needs no special equipment, is self-regulating and inherently safe. Walking is as natural as breathing".
John Butcher, Founder Walk21, 1999

The people of the world are facing a series of inter-related, complex problems. We are becoming less healthy, we have inefficient transport systems and our environments are under increasing pressure to accommodate our needs. The quality and amount of walking as an everyday activity, in any given area, is an established and unique primary indicator of the quality of life.

Built on extensive discussions with experts throughout the world this Charter shows how to create a culture where people choose to walk it identifies the needs of people on foot and provides a common framework to help authorities refocus their existing policies, activities and relationships to create a culture where people choose to walk.

We all have a role to play in developing the actions in the Charter. You can support the Charter by signing it and encouraging friends, colleagues, government bodies, and national and local organisations to work with you to help create healthy, efficient and sustainable walking communities throughout the world.

Support the CharterPapers
Please download and support this Charter by signing it and encouraging friends, colleagues, government bodies and local organisations to do the same.

International Walking Charter:
English Language Version(81kb)
German Language Version(78kb)
French Language Version(162kb)
Spanish Language Version (408kb)
Catalan Language Version (420kb)
Danish Language Version (164kb)

Large Print Version (140kb)

Download a Mind Map that shows how we believe healthy, efficient and sustainable communities, where people choose to walk, can be achieved.