New York Conference

2009. New York, USA

Montage of New York

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New York City Department of Transportation was proud to host the 10th International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities 2009

The conference took place at New York University in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, from Wednesday October 7th to Friday October 9th 2009, with preconference workshops on Tuesday October 6th.

The conference set new records for attendance at Walk21 with nearly 700 delegates over the four days, with people from all continents of the globe and all professional walks of life.

The conference proceedings are available under the papers tab or through paper search.  You might also enjoy this short film from Streetfilms, which captures the energy, enthusiasm and activities of the conference and New York City.


The themes for the conference were:

1. More footprints, less carbon: walkable communities are sustainable communities.
Dense, pedestrian-oriented, walkable cities have significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than more sprawling, car-oriented counterparts. Practitioners will discuss how they are linking pedestrian planning and environmental goals in their cities.

2. Paving with gold: investing for a successful city.
In the age of global mobility, employers, investment capital and people are attracted to liveable cities - those with the best urban quality of life. Attendees will present the relationship between investment in walkable cities for people and cities’ economic fortunes, and the types of investment that have yielded the strongest results.

3. There is more to walking than walking: design strategies for urban quality.
Creating cities and towns where walking is a pleasure and a choice involves more than wider sidewalks or more time at crosswalk signals. The conference will examine a wide range of experiences in the development of lively, high-quality public life on urban streets, and how to re-develop the public realm in places that are primarily oriented to the flow of car traffic.

4. Fit cities: community design for active living
As rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes grow, more communities are exploring connections between public health and city design. International practitioners will discuss best practices in active design and communications strategies to get more people walking.