Pedestrian Space turns 3 today1
3 years ago, on May 17th, 2020, I established @pedestrianspace on Instagram as a digital space to begin to explore issues of walkability and media.
Little did I know how this decision would lead to many developments over the past 3 years including:
• Establishing the website pedestrianspace.org in January 2021 as a platform to continue creating media on sustainable mobility with a focus on walkability & sustainable urbanism
• Launching the Global Walkability Correspondents Network in January 2022 (now over 200 members in cities across the globe!)
• Becoming a Research Fellow at The Schumacher Institute in February 2022
• Pedestrian Space being included in a United Nations People-Centered Smart Cities Compendium launched at the World Urban Forum in June 2022
• Starting as a PhD Student at Anthropos Doctoral School in Warsaw in October 2022
• Becoming a PhD student consultant at EIT Urban Mobility
• Launched Urban Transit Lab with Alan Lacey Raposo in March 2023 (and securing our first two partnerships this Spring including one with Mobilise VUB Brussels Centre for Urban Studies )
• Being awarded my first grant – from the Urban Communication Foundation Foundation in April 2023
• Delivering my 1st university lecture at Politechnika Opolska in April 2023
• Organizing & hosting my first workshops on urban mobility & the 15-minute city concept in Warsaw. I’ve curated & hosted 16 workshops so far between December 2022 & May 2023 at various cultural centers in Poland’s capital city including 4 workshops with students at Politechnika Warszawska EUROREG & University of Warsaw
Listing all these activities and developments is important for me as they’re all interconnected and support my broader vision and goal to shape a lifestyle where I can continuously contribute to raising awareness and educating on the foundational role of walkability for sustainable cities.
-Annika // Pedestrian Space