Walking meetings

Walking is increasingly part of the program at urbanist conferences and wellness conferences, and it shares the stage with cycling and mass transit at active transportation and sustainability gatherings, but we obsessive walkers get really excited when there’s an event where walking, as Henry David Thoreau wrote in his 1862 essay “Walking,” is “itself the enterprise and adventure of the day.” Every Body Walk! will be hosting its second annual National Walking Summit in Washington, D.C., in late October, but the cream of the crop is arguably the annual Walk21 conference, to be held in Vienna from October 20 to 23. This year’s motto is “stepping ahead,” and the event is intended to promote “activities and innovations towards the future of our resilient cities and healthy living environments.” There are four main themes — walking towards new public spaces, walking towards resilient cities, walking towards safety, and health walking together — and a series of walkshops and urban laboratories, where participants can experience public space in Vienna. Plenary speakers include Peatónito, the masked Mexican luchador/superhero pedestrian activist, and Vancouver’s Charles Montgomery, author of the inspiring book Happy City. Walk21 is also home of the Walking Visionaries Awards, which highlight new ideas, big and small, that promote walking as a step toward more liveable communities. Born to Walk has been submitted in the Walking and the Arts category, alongside some pretty cool projects, such as this walking library and this cultural exchange between Detroit and South Africa.


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