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Founded in January 2022, the purpose of the Global Walkability Correspondents network is to:
•Connect– to provide a space and forum for people working with many issues related to walkability to connect
•Cultivate Solidarity– to provide a space for global solidarity for those working on these issues as well as cross-pollination of ideas and support
•Create Media on Walkability– the continued creation of forms of media on walkability and its central role in sustainable urban development
•Educate & Advocate for Sustainable Mobility– develop and share educational resources on sustainable mobility issues worldwide and continued advocacy for walkability as a fundamental human right in communities
Our correspondents share dispatches from across the planet, offering insight into best practices and barriers to walkability observed in their work, communities and travels.
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Meet the Network!
Network Founder & Co-Facilitator
Annika Lundkvist // Warsaw, Poland
Annika is the Founder & Co-Facilitator of pedestrianspace.org & the Global Walkability Correspondents Network. She is a PhD student researching issues of sustainable urbanism, walkability & sustainable mobility. She is passionate about photographing city spaces & built environment. She is also the Co-founder of Urban Transit Lab.
Alan Lacey Raposo // Cádiz, Spain & London, England
Alan is an ex-chef, studied political science and has an MSc in Sustainable Cities. Activist for change, he has worked with refugee NGOs in Seville, as policy officer in local government and is currently involved in a unique community project called Local Trust. He is also the Co-founder of Urban Transit Lab.
Read England & Spain Correspondent Alan’s content here
Network Co-Facilitator & Social Media Coordinator
Raluca Hurmuz // Timisoara, Romania
Raluca is an urban designer and architect from Romania, passionate about exploring the complexities of cities and their impact on human well-being. With her love for reading and travelling, Raluca is also aware of and deeply concerned about the climate crisis. She is committed to using her knowledge and expertise to promote sustainable mobility and bring people closer to nature in cities. Having worked for three years in an urban planning office in Timisoara, Raluca is now ready to take her career to the next level and focus on creating places that prioritize people.
Network Co-Facilitator & Urban Engagement Outreach Coordinator
Merve Özhan // Turkey, Istanbul
Merve is an urban designer with focus on mobilities with a background in architecture. She is passionate about children and youth and their sustainable practices in the city. She has lived in cities like Berlin, Paris and Brussels. Before moving back to Istanbul, which is her hometown, she lived in Aalborg, Denmark for almost 5 years.
Medhanit Ayele // Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Medhanit is an urban enthusiast and soon-to-be architecture graduate who engages herself in diverse urban topics, focusing her work on the public spaces in our cities. She has worked on both data-driven analysis and writing content to bring forth better understanding of the cities we live in.
Read Addis Ababa Correspondent Medhanit’s content here
Gautam Merwan Balagopola // India
Gautam Merwan Balagopola is a systems-thinker, designer and urban mobility enthusiast from the coastal metropolis of Chennai near the southern tip of India. He strongly believes that, in order for cities to become truly resilient and positive places to live in, we need to move away from our cultural dependence on the automobile and work on strengthening more accessible modes of transportation like walking, bicycling, public transit and various forms of shared mobility. He believes in wielding empathy & storytelling as powerful tools for urban transformation and is always curious to learn more about behavioral science & marketing.
Read Chennai, India Correspondent Gautam Merwan Balagopala’s content here
Harrison Barrett // Sydney, Australia
Harrison Barrett is a student at Western Sydney University studying Urban Management and Planning majoring in Geography and Urban Design. He will be on exchange to Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences participating in the ‘Creating Resilient Cities’ Program from February until July. Harrison also volunteers with the United Nations Association of Australia, is a Young Planner with the Planning Institute of Australia, is an educator for @PlannerfromOz, and is an avid digital photographer who dances. He is the founder of Sydney Planners Society, est in 2023.
Moksha Bhatia // Amritsar, India
Moksha is an Architect & Urban Designer who is running the platform ‘Urbanism Spinning’. She is passionate about walkability, urban spaces, sustainability & biophilic architecture. Through her vision, she wants to create a healthy environment by keeping people close to nature.
Paula Bondoc // Atlanta, Georgia
Paula is interested in all things sustainability, from clean energy to slow, sustainable fashion but especially in sustainable travel and mobility – seeing more places become accessible by walking, cycling, or public transit. In 2023, she completed a research internship on promoting sustainable travel within smart cities. Her ultimate aim is to advocate for inclusive, sustainable urban development and walkability, and she is excited about collaborating with others.
Ann E. Bueche // Michigan, USA
Ann is a globalist interested in increasing the well-being of people and the planet. Ann brings experience and insights living and working in many communities around the world. She provides consulting services in program design and advocates for more sustainable and inclusive policies and practices.
Read Global Correspondent Ann’s content here
Urmi Buragohain // Northeast India
Urmi Buragohain is an urbanist, a water champion and nowadays, an accidental serial entrepreneur. After having worked for over 15 years spanning Australia, South Asia and the Middle East with significant experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Urmi moved back to India to pursue her vision of giving back and making a difference in her region of origin through practical interventions in the public realm.
Read Northeast India Correspondent Urmi’s content here
Keely Campbell // Madison, Wisconsin
Keely has been in the community development space since 2016. Alongside a team of planners, landscape architects, economic development professionals, and environmental scientists, Keely works to empower people to turn their visions into realities and make an impact through sustainable, locally-supported projects that provide opportunities for safer, more accessible, and connected communities. Her nationwide experience as a geologist and funding specialist gives her an understanding of both the big picture and the details that typify complex local development and redevelopment efforts.
Read Midwest, USA Correspondent Keely’s content here
Giulia Ceccarelli // Milan, Italy
Giulia is a geomatics engineer with a background in architectural planning, she is based in Milano, where she is active as a researcher. Her fields of study include computer vision, location-based data analytics and sensing technologies. Giulia is strongly interested in urbanism, active transport and their intersection with data-driven, participatory planning practices, fostering inclusivity in cities and public spaces.
Barb Chamberlain // Olympia, Washington
Barb is a lifelong policy thinker and leader who brings experience as an elected official, communications/public affairs expert, volunteer advocate, and nonprofit executive to her professional work in active transportation. She centers mobility justice, equity, accessibility, safety, and environmental sustainability/resiliency in her role as director of the Active Transportation Division at Washington State Dept. of Transportation. Barb walks, bikes, takes transit, and gets onto Amtrak in Olympia, Washington, USA, and blogs at BikeStyleLife.com.
Zara Chaudry // Bristol, England
Zara is a student at the University of Bristol. She has an interest in walkability and recently published a paper for the Schumacher Institute which focussed on how we could make the streets of Bristol a better environment for the city’s inhabitants.
Rome, Italy // Francesca Chiodi
Francesca is a Medical Doctor as a background, walker and beginner urban cyclist in Rome. She founded a Social media page called “Movimento Diritti dei Pedoni” that focuses on pedestrians’ rights and advocacy to push for better walkability, road safety and public space use in Italy.
Heather Cleveland // Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Heather is an Urban Planner, Environmental Engineer, and a Community Developer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree and a Master Urban Planning degree. Heather is a compassionate listener and visionary that quickly sees processes and systems and finds inspiration and challenges from different viewpoints and experiences.
Read Sheboygan, Wisconsin Correspondent Heather’s content here
Álvaro Contente // Santiago, Chile
Álvaro is an engineer, Master of Public Administration, avid walker, and biker. He spends a great part of his free time wandering around Santiago de Chile’s streets. He’s passionate about the intersection between policy, urbanism, sustainability, and innovation.
Read Chile Correspondent Alvaro’s content here
Tim Cunningham // New York, NY & Philadelphia, PA USA
Tim recently holds a Ph.D. from Ulster University, Belfast, and is currently writing a book “Human Rights and the Architecture of Conflict”. His Ph.D. examines how the British Army in Belfast used the planning and design of the built environment to segregate and isolate “suspect communities”. He is particularly interested in how infrastructural racism in the USA perpetuated spatial inequalities and how the worst effects of these practices can be remediated by creating more compact, inclusive, and walkable spaces.
Cori Dahl // Detroit, MI, USA
Cori Dahl is passionate about advocating for pedestrian rights and public transportation in the Motor City–Detroit, Michigan, USA. She spends her time going for walks, spending time with friends, and documenting pedestrian life in Detroit.
Rituparna Das // Kharagpur, India
Rituparna is currently a Senior Research Scholar at Ranbir & Chitra Gupta School of Infrastructure Design and Management at the Indian Institute of Technology. Her area of research primarily involves creating friendly environments for children around their residential environments. As a Walkability Correspondent, she represents Pan-India, primarily the Eastern Region of the Indian sub-continent.
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Nancy Deborah // Madurai, India
Nancy is a researcher focusing on bringing about the simplest changes that our evolved minds have moved away from. She emphasizes the need for inclusive and accessible living for humankind to cherish this Earth. Being a mother, she is passionate about giving her son and his generation the best that her generation could possibly manage.
Read Madurai, India Correspondent Nancy’s content here
Pallavi Deore // Aurangabad, India
Pallavi is an architect and urban designer striving to make Indian cities pedestrian friendly and cyclist friendly. Through her organization ‘Urban Research Foundation’, she actively works with urban local bodies and civic organizations to create awareness and knowledge about walkable cities. She believes that a shift of priorities from conventional motorized transport to non-motorized and public transport must be a priority for Indian cities in order to be resilient and sustainable. As a student of Gender and Development Studies, she is also particularly interested in looking at walkability through the lens of Gender.
Bridget Doran // Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Bridget is a transport engineer and researcher working on research, policy and urban planning, with a focus on equity, inclusion and promoting walking and cycling.
Read Aotearoa Correspondent Bridget’s content here
Carla Duarte // Lisbon, Portugal
Carla is a walker and an architect who was born, lives and works in Lisbon. She started walking in the city with her father, when she was quite young, discussing life and city issues while doing it. She is currently a PhD candidate at ISCTE-IUL, focusing her research on the importance of walking in the city and her big dream is to make people walk the cities again.
Divantha Ekanayake // Kandy & Colombo, Sri Lanka
Divantha is an Urban Planning Enthusiast who currently works as a Sustainability Consultant. He thinks that urban planning is the best tool we have to achieve sustainable development goals and should be at the forefront of sustainability and climate discussions.
Read Sri Lanka Correspondent Divantha’s content here
Maria Valeria Felix // Berlin, Germany
Valeria is an Architect and holds a Dual Master in Urban Planning & Mobility. She is an advocate of sustainable mobility and loves cycling. After working in Argentina and The Netherlands, she moved to Germany to further expand her professional career. She is always on the move and looking for new challenges.
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Paulina Fried // Berlin, Germany
Paulina is an urbanist and mobility enthusiast, living in Berlin and working for the German railway (Deutsche Bahn). She has a background in Geography and Sustainable Urban Development, where she specialized in the research and implementation of sustainable urban mobility. Over the past years, she lived in Vienna, Denmark, Amsterdam and Lisbon and has settled (for now) in Berlin.
Read Paulina’s content here
Seleem Gaber // Cairo, Egypt
Seleem is an architecture student and urban enthusiast. He believes in walkable cities and their undeniable role in economic resilience, environmental impact, health, safety, and inclusivity. He seeks a role in the rightful mobility revolution, as a spokesman for his beautiful hometown of Cairo.
Read Cairo Correspondent Seleems’s content here
Andiel Galván // Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Andiel is an advocate of the walkable city and dreams of a city where children and the elderly can walk safely. He believes Dominican cities can become more walkable, through education and law enforcement.
Read Dominican Republic Correspondent Andiel’s content here
Isabel Garcia // Vancouver, BC, Canada
Isabel is an airport engineer and an advocate for walking and public transit as an accessible, healthy means of getting around without relying on personal automobile ownership. She promotes safe and comfortable environments for people to move.
Read Metropolitan Vancouver Correspondent Isabel’s content here
Roxani Gkavra // Vienna, Austria
Roxani is a transport planner, originally from Thessaloniki who is passionate about active modes (walking and cycling). She wants to make sure that we can all walk in our everyday life, no matter where we live.
Mauricio Rodriguez Gonzalez // Bogotá, Colombia
Mauricio is a political scientist and walkability advocate championing the rights of pedestrians to move safely in the city.
Bogotá, Colombia Correspondent
Arghyadip Hatua // India
Arghyadip was born in Kolkata, the ‘City of Trams’ in India. He is a Public Transport and Urban Policy enthusiast and Advocate. He aims to start a revolution for tramways and walkability in Kolkata as well as broadly in India.
Read India Correspondent Arghyadip’s content here
David Hunter // Edinburgh, Scotland
David is an advocate for walking (and ‘wheeling’) both professionally (www.nfpplanning.com) and as the volunteer Convener of the Living Streets Edinburgh Group. “For me, the key to inclusive communities is pedestrian space which work for everyone – young/old/ disabled/non-disabled.”
Atina Jernström // Uppsala, Sweden
Atina is currently studying MSc in Environmental Psychology at SLU in Sweden, interested in well-being, nature and restorative environments. She is originally from Serbia with a background in media and tourism.
Felix John // Chennai, India
Felix is a strong advocate for promoting non-motorized transport for commuting and a healthy lifestyle. He also enjoys the pleasure of cycling and promoting active mobility. Felix is an entrepreneur by profession, a cyclist by passion and an artist in his own time. He works on projects to enhance the experience of the city by walking or cycling, with the city’s stakeholders and engaging the community.
Peter Kaljian // California, USA
Peter takes a holistic approach to community improvement by advocating for stronger pedestrian-based infrastructure. His background in GIS allows him visualize data and helps him show the importance of decreasing car dependency. Peter is passionate about mobility equity and strengthening cities through improved pedestrian spaces.
Read SF Bay Area & Sacramento Peter’s content here
Samna Khan // Pakistan
Samna Khan is an architect from Pakistan and holds a Masters’s in Urban Management & Development from Erasmus University, Rotterdam as a Nuffic scholar. After practicing architecture for a couple of years, she became more interested in the urban realm. She now works as an urban strategy specialist for various research projects.
Read Pakistan Correspondent Samna’s content here
Tamara Kocan // Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland-based Tamara Kocan is a sustainability consultant based, specialized in urban planning and tourism. Her experience spans from creating inclusive environments to organizing urban sound walks for professionals and the public. She has never learned to drive and has used walking and public transport for the last 20 years wherever she lived. Tamara wants to motivate people in Iceland to get out of their cars and start walking and use public transport. Tamara feels that walkability is key to reconnecting people with the environment and creating a more sustainable and healthier life for all.
Read Reykjavík Correspondent Tamara’s content here
Balázs Kovács // Warsaw, Poland
Balázs Kovács is based in Warsaw, Poland and originally from Budapest, Hungary. He is an urban development and mobility fan, loves reading and talking about how cities influence our lives.
Priyanka Kulkarni // Mumbai, India
Priyanka is an Environmental Architect and Researcher from Mumbai, India. She has diverse experience in macro-level urban-environmental planning to micro-level sustainable design. She is passionate about working on sustainability projects in the domain of environment and climate action.
Gela Kvashilava // Tbilisi, Georgia
Gela has spent over a decade implementing road safety and sustainable urban mobility projects both inside Georgia and outside of the country. While working with different stakeholders to mobilize and promote cross-sector cooperation, he encourages decision-makers to re-imagine streets as safe, shared and healthy places.
Karen Lee // Perth, Australia
Karen is a creative producer, writer, and feminist ethnographer working across disciplines at the intersection of urbanism, community development, and creative practice. She is interested in story gathering, public life, participatory planning, and joyful active mobility. She makes her own fun producing innovative collaborative projects for positive change and likes working with people to make places more delightful.
Brianna Lelieur // California, USA
Brianna is an incoming Master’s student studying City & Regional Planning at Cal Poly SLO in California. Creative, quirky and motivated, Brianna is hoping to shape the cities she loves through practicing sustainability, walkability, advocacy and engaging the communities she grew up in.
Read Central Coast and Bay Area, California Correspondent Brianna’s content here
Zvi Leve // Montréal, Quebec
Zvi is a transportation modelling expert whose interests focus on the linkages between transportation, land use, and sustainable development. In addition to his technical work, Zvi has been a long-time advocate for human-scaled cities and citizen participation in shaping their local environment. Streets as public space is Zvi’s passion and he has led many Jane’s Walks on topics related to walkability.
Robert Lipka // Edmonton, Canada
Robert is a Principal Urban Designer with the City of Edmonton’s Urban Design team; has 20+ years working in Edmonton, Canada, Auckland, New Zealand (Auckland Council/Transport) and Toronto, Canada providing designs and reviews that focus on urban design, universal design and CPTED.
Michał Lorbiecki // Tychy, Poland
Michał is an Urban Planner, Economist, urban dreamer and city lover. He is the Mayor’s plenipotentiary in Tychy, Poland and a PhD candidate specializing in spatial planning, urban revitalization and public participation.
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Blair Lorenzo // New York, NY, USA
Blair is a world-famous urban theorist who… wait, this has to be honest!? Bah! Blair is a professional urbanist and writer who is dedicated to exploring how American cities work through critical analyses of urban spaces, places, and systems. Primarily focused on urban function, the impact of transportation, and the importance of the public realm, her work can be found at her website, The Fox and the City.
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Raphael Mak // Stockholm, Sweden
Raphael is a cross-disciplinary artist and entrepreneur working across music, multimedia, urbanism and sports. Now based in Stockholm, Sweden, his interest in walking began when he grew up in the high-density urban environment of Hong Kong. This interest influenced his later work in urban orienteering and the company he founded, Metrunner, which leads travelers to discover public spaces in worldwide cities through walking and orienteering.
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Boopsie Maran // Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, New Zealand
Boopsie is the founder and director of urban strategy at Places for Good. Her approach to community activation and tactical urbanism places a significant priority on action-oriented partnerships with schools, urban precincts, and citizen experts. She believes in the power of strategic, localized engagement–it is in the small neighborhood actions and interactions that profound transformation materializes.
Read Tāmaki Makaurau /Auckland-based Global Correspondent Boopsie’s content here
Tonia Marketaki // Chania, Greece
Tonia is a Civil Engineer living in Chania, Greece, currently attending an MSc in Environmental Design of Infrastructure Works. She is passionate about sustainability, active mobility and green, walkable cities.
Alencar Massulo // North Coast of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Alencar is an Architect and Urban Planner specializing in planning cities and collective spaces. He works with the methodology of the “La Città dei Bambini” project to listen to and include children in urban design decisions. He is the father of Helena, Nina and Theo and he learns from them every day.
Read North Coast of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Correspondent Alencar’s content here
Bewket Sisay Melaku // Ethiopia
Bewket is a lecturer of Journalism and Communications at Debre Markos University. He is also a Media, Journalism and Communications researcher, audio and video editor, trainer and social media content creator.
Fabiola Mogrovejo // Milan, Italy
Fabiola is an Architect and Urban Planner, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and an MSc in Sustainable Architecture and Landscape Design at Politecnico di Milano. She is passionate about walkability, accessibility and proximity in urban planning.
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Zeinab Mollazadeh // Tehran, Iran
Zeinab is an Urban Designer (Ph.D) and Architect based in Tehran, promoting walkability and human-friendly urbanism.
Marcela Moreno // Washington DC, USA
Marcela is an urban planner living in Washington DC where she works as a Transit Technologist with the Community Transportation Association of America. She firmly believes that public transportation is a critical social service, and should be accessible, frequent, and reliable for all. She loves exploring new cities, and getting lost on urban reconnaissance trips.
Read Washington, DC, USA Correspondent Marcela’s content here
Vanny Mwamba // Cincinnati, OH, USA
Vanny is originally from Congo DRC and a process engineer at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati. He is a passionate advocate for walking. He founded Urban Hikers to promote walking for health and community building, and serves as the organization’s Chief Hike Evangelist. Vanny also produced a long-form documentary called Why We Walk, which explores the cultural and scientific benefits of walking. His goal is to inspire people to make walking a part of their daily lives.
Mohammad Nikkhah // Isfahan, Iran
Mohammad is an advocate and interdisciplinary researcher. He is currently doing his Master’s thesis on Vision Zero and the link to urban planning.
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Berivan Omer // Kurdistan, Iraq
Berivan is an Urban Designer and an Architecture teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning Engineering and a Master in Urban Design. She is currently working on teaching children and young people about architecture and design. She strongly believes that children have to be included in urban design decisions and their opinions and point of view should be taken into consideration. Through her vision, she wants to create a child-friendly environment for children in her region and obtain opportunities for them to participate in their community, play, and walk around their neighborhood safely and securely.
Afreena Emrose Ontee // Dhaka, Bangladesh
Afreena is an Architect and Urban Designer working on urban space design, master planning and housing projects. Through her journey, she is striving to research sustainable urban spaces, safe walkability, and the effects of public space on human health, age and well-being. She believes there is eternal satisfaction in exploring diverse perspectives.
Read Dhaka, Bangladesh Correspondent Emrose’s content here
Samuel Stancu // Bucharest, Romania
Samuel Stancu is an urban planner with a passion for urban mobility and co-design. He’s an associate at Participativ Studio, a sustainable urban planning practice and a part of UrbanizeHub a smart innovation lab and problem-solving platform that focuses on participatory urbanism. He also collaborates with Streets for People, an NGO dedicated to promoting pedestrian-friendly projects, designing public spaces, and advocating for community involvement in public space policies.
Audrey Owiti // Belgium
Audrey is an Information Science graduate, currently undertaking a master’s degree in Transportation Sciences at Hasselt University. She has experience in technical support administrative work, data collection and analysis, strategic transportation planning, record keeping and information systems. She is passionate about music, making genuine connections and learning new things.
Andrea Lopes Pandolfo // Ivoti, Brazil
Andrea Lopes Pandolfo is an Architect and Urban Planner, currently doing her Master’s in Environment and Sustainability, and focusing her studies on sustainable cities. She is an enthusiast of collaborative thinking and believes that many urban problems, including mobility issues, could be avoided if public agencies paid attention to the urban design of small cities. “Cities aren’t born big“, she once heard…and never forgot!
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Uly Pulga // Brasília, Brazil
A graduate of Architecture and Urban Planning, Uly Pulga is also a designer and urban sketcher. She currently works as an Architect and is also pursuing her Master’s in Urban Planning, focused on better understanding how life works in cities.
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Nilantha Randeniya // Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka-based Nilantha Randeniya graduated from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka with a first-class degree in B.Sc. (Hons.) Town and Country Planning. He has experience in a range of sectors, including project management, information and communication technology, environmental and disaster planning, GIS and RS development, research in urban informatics and urban morphology, and town planning. He has vast expertise in social work and volunteering as well.
Dylan Reid // Toronto, ON, Canada
Dylan Reid is the executive editor of Spacing magazine, a quarterly print magazine and online news feed covering Toronto’s urban landscape. He has written extensively about pedestrian issues in the magazine, and also for other publications. He is also a co-founder of the volunteer advocacy group Walk Toronto, and is a former co-chair of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee, which was an official advisory body to the City of Toronto.
Read Toronto, Canada Correspondent Dylan’s content here
Rizqi Riyandini // Pontianak, Indonesia
Rizqi Riyandini is a Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning candidate who has always hoped for a better world for all inhabitants, because there is no planet B. She is eager to learn about urbanism, walkability, and sustainability.
Read Pontianak, Indonesia Correspondent Rizqi’s content here
Carlos Ruiz // Toronto, ON, Canada
Carlos is an avid walker and cycling enthusiast based in Toronto. With a background in Political Science and teaching, he believes walkable cities play a vital role in the development of local economies, the environment and public health as well as contributing to the strengthening of democratic values. Carlos is a strong advocate of changing the car-centric culture of North America and strongly believes in education as the most important tool for positive change.
Read Toronto, Canada & Bogotá, Colombia Correspondent Carlos’ content here
Kyan Rytzell // Zurich, Switzerland
Raised in Geneva, Kyan studied physiotherapy in the Netherlands and is now working in Zurich. Curiosity, courage and humanity are core values for him.
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Anar Salayev // California, USA
Anar is a car-enthusiast turned walkability advocate. He seeks a holistic understanding of the built environment. He believes that human-centric urban design will go a long way in combatting climate change, encouraging sustainable practices, and improving health outcomes – both mental and physical.
Read San Diego and Bay Area Correspondent Anar’s content here
Maria Siti // Greece
Maria Siti is an urban mobility expert in Greece working with a number of passionate colleagues in Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans, accessibility plans, walking and cycling promotion and relevant subjects. She strongly believes in networks of people for bringing change in the urban space!
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Shauna Solomon // Kingston, Canada
Shauna is an avid walker and hesitant cyclist with a background in environmental studies and anthropology. Her experience of motherhood in the city changed her career plans to urban policy and design with a focus on safety and everyday experiences as a pedestrian. She is working towards an MSc in Sustainable Urban Development where she is focusing on child-friendly cities and access to nature.
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Wattana Songpetchmongkol // Bangkok, Thailand
Wattana is an independent urban researcher from Bangkok, who has also lived and worked as an architect/urban designer in Tokyo and Glasgow.. My research interest focuses on the urban sociological fabric of a walk and elements building up civic life at the eye level amid the global binary.
Jonathon Stalls 🏳️🌈 // Denver, CO, USA
Jonathon is a Walking Artist who spent 242 days walking across the United States in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles. His artwork currently moves in the realms of pen and ink drawing, writing and poetry, storytelling with the Pedestrian Dignity campaign, economic and racial justice organizing, meditative practice, and creating/scouting long-distance walking routes. He founded Founded Walk2Connect in 2012, and is the author of the book, WALK – Slow Down, Wake Up & Connect at 1-3 Miles per Hour.
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Bartosz Stępień // Warsaw, Poland
Bartosz Stępień is a Slavonic philology graduate with great passion for cities and their architecture, especially within the Slavic world. Without any academic knowledge about urbanism, he approaches the ideas of urban space from a pedestrian and user perspective and also tries to put the surrounding issues in the historical and social context.
Matvii Suminov // Kharkiv, Ukraine
Matvii Suminov is from Ukraine and aspires to study City Planning. He views walkability as having a central role in urbanism, because if you can’t walk normally in the city, then what is the purpose? He hopes that the world will turn to a greater understanding of the perspectives of the walkability movement and wants to participate in the positive changes that will happen in this world.
Nahom Teklu // Addis Ababa, Ethipioa
Nahom Teklu is a young and visionary architect and urban strategist whose work is shaped by designing for humanity through working on architecture, researching urbanization, exploring urbanism, and directing curation for lighting greater positive impact on the socio-spatial justice, and livelihood worthy of human dignity.
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Grégoire Tessougue // Sikasso, Mali
Grégoire Tessougue is a Volunteer Firefighter, President of the Association Les Amis de la Route of Mali and President of Vélo Sans Age.
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Ryan Thornton // Burlington, VT, USA
Ryan is an advocate for walkable neighborhoods in Burlington, Vermont. He co-formed the advocacy group Vermonters for People-Oriented Places and is particularly interested in ways to give residents common ownership over their neighborhoods to develop sustainably and reclaim space for community.
Dominic Tran // Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Dominic is a transit ambassador and an undergraduate student in Regional and Urban Planning at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. He has a strong passion for public transportation, urbanism, active transportation and making cities more friendly on the human scale. He believes that the best cities are the greenest, cleanest and most walkable.
Cary Tyson // Portland, ME, USA
Cary is the executive director of Portland (Maine) Downtown. He is s 2020 America Walks Walking College Fellow and an advocate for place-based economic development.
Amrutha Viswanth // Mumbai, India
Amrutha Viswanth is an architect/urbanist currently studying urban policy at TISS, Mumbai. Her interests lie at the intersection of public transit, land-use and urban analytics. She hopes to contribute to better policy-making through accurate data and mapping.
Sulochi Walisinghe // Melbourne, Australia
Sulochi is a Landscape Architect who reflects that she was lucky enough to have had a childhood that nurtured her connection to the land. She is passionate about supporting connection to nature while taking action to protect nature by working with people who are trying to create positive change to make the world a better place for all.
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Steve Wright // Miami, FL, USA
Steve Wright has four decades of experience in urban design, planning, architecture, mobility, sustainability and universal design. He co-created a groundbreaking universal design course at the University of Miami School of Architecture. His award-winning reporting frequently appears in Planning magazine and he has presented nationally and internationally.
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Ryota Yamagata // Fukui, Japan & Dublin, Ireland
Originally from Fukui, Ryota experienced city planning in regional cities as a local government official in Japan. He is now studying Smart and Sustainable cities at Trinity College Dublin to learn sustainable city planning methods and apply them to future city planning in Japan.
ZUG is a Luxembourg-based collective aiming to give people the tools and the power to create a more inclusive urban reality. Pictured are ZUG founders Thorben, Francesca and Federico.
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