From its inception in early 2021, pedestrianspace.org has been dedicated to issues of walkability as a key aspect of sustainable urbanism and related themes including:
- mental, emotional and physical health related to access to quality public space and movement
- quality of life issues related to walkable environments
- safe, affordable, quality public transportation
- issues of multi-generational access to and enjoyment of quality urban life
- inclusive mobility
Pedestrian Space focuses on media related to walkability as a central feature in sustainable urbanism and quality of life in cities.
Many regions around the world still experience car use as a primary modal share as a result of decades of car-centric planning as well as a psychology of mobility choice that prioritizes car ownership and use.
At Pedestrian Space, we develop media content to engage actors across the spectrum (municipal agencies, politicians, planners, citizens…) to facilitate understanding the urgency of a mobility paradigm shift that prioritizes walking, cycling, and public transit and also inspires conversation and thought on individual mobility choice.
We view media, advocacy, and education as key elements of the paradigm shift towards more sustainable urban mobility.
Photo: Planty Park, Kraków, Annika Lundkvist
Photographer by nature and profession, you will find many of my own images on the pages of Pedestrian Space. My introduction to urbanism as a young adult in 2000 occurred simultaneously to my start as a photographer and I have been visually documenting cities and pedestrian activity ever since.
But the true heart of Pedestrian Space is not my images or words, but rather a spirit of collaboration, a spirit of openness, a spirit of advocacy and the realization that the development of truly walkable, livable cities is a collective and continuous effort.
Vision for future developments at Pedestrian Space include:
· Expanded coverage of pedestrian initiatives & projects
· Features on walkability advocates worldwide
· Youth engagement in media & content creation·
· Publication (digital & print) on walkabilty & sustainable urban mobility with special thematic focus each issue
·Walkability campaigns engaging the public in dialogue & actions to promote walkable communities
Partnerships, alliances and collaborations are vital for the growth of Pedestrian Space as an accessible, informative and inspiring hub for issues of walkability.
Finally, it has been important from day one that the platform should be accessible and engaging for the general public and stimulate thought and dialogue on issues of walkability that affect us all.
I look forward to continuing to develop Pedestrian Space towards being the truly global resource that it was established to be.
Please feel free to write if you are interested in discussing partnership and collaboration.