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Project Measuring Walking: Internationally standardised monitoring methods of walking and public space



MEASURING WALKING is a continuous project of Walk21 and part of the international conference series. It originates in the European COST Action 358 ‘Pedestrian Quality Needs’. The goal is to “establish a set of international guidelines for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative and qualitative techniques for measuring walking” as was concluded at the Walk21 conference in Melbourne 2006.

The International Walking Data Standard is the most visible result of this international cooperation yet. Just as important are the expert discussions on a variety of topics that take place during workshops. Such workshops have been held at Walk21 conferences in Toronto (2007), Barcelona (2008), New York (2009), The Hague (2010), Munich (2013), Sydney (2014), Vienna (2015), Calgary (2017), Bogotá (2018), Rotterdam (2019) and Dublin (2022).

They are usually attended by 40 to 70 experts from a wide range of professional backgrounds from all over the world. Presentations and further documents can be found on this website under the heading “workshops”.


The work has been coordinated by the Measuring Walking Team:

Daniel Sauter, Urban Mobility Research, Zurich, Switzerland,

Tim Pharoah, Urban Transport and Planning Consultant, London UK,

Miles Tight, Professor emeritus of Transport, Energy and Environment, University of Birmingham, UK,

Waltraut Ritter, Knowledge Dialogues, Berlin, Germany

Ryan Martinson, Sustainable Transportation Specialist, Martinson Golly Ltd., Calgary, Canada,

Martin Wedderburn, Transport Planning Consultant, London, UK,

Francisco Alaniz Uribe, Assistant Professor and Co-director The Urban Lab, University of Calgary, Canada.

The team is supported by many experts, in particular, Bronwen Thornton and Jim Walker of Walk21, Werner Brög, Germany and the many participants of the workshops.

More information

If you want to know more, please consult one of these articles (just click on the names):

Daniel Sauter and Martin Wedderburn, 2008: Measuring Walking. Towards Internationally Standardised Monitoring Methods of Walking and Public Space. Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Survey Methods in Transport, Annecy

Daniel Sauter and Miles Tight, 2010: Measuring walking: Towards internationally standardised monitoring methods. In: PQN Final Report, Part B4: Documentation, Measuring Walking, pp. 7-29


If you have any suggestions or ideas regarding the project, please do not hesitate to contact the project co-ordinator:

Daniel Sauter, Urban Mobility Research, Zurich, Switzerland, e-mail: daniel.sauter(at)urban-mobility.ch

        Daniel Sauter       Tim Pharoah         Miles Tight                 Waltraut Ritter        Ryan Martinson             Martin Wedderburn           Francisco Alaniz Uribe

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