Catch up with recording from Research Forum on ”Developing New Planning Strategies for Walking”

Dear colleagues in the VREF community, above you find the recording from our Research Forum 7 February. The Forum was arranged within our Walking as a Mode of Transport Program – and focus was on new planning strategies.

Successful pedestrian-friendly planning and design requires applying a wealth of approaches. This VREF Research Forum offers presentations and discussions of three projects dealing with various aspects of pedestrian planning, including assessment of conditions and challenges in various (non-)walkable contexts, the use of mobile digital design tools, as well as rethinking the use and design of urban roads to cater for walking.


Moderator: Maja Karoline Rynning, The Institute of Transport Economics, Norway

Welcome and introduction: Henrik Nolmark, VREF director
Logistical host: Karin Henriksson, VREF Communications Officer


Urban roads: enablers or barriers to walking?
Presenter: Prof. Karel Martens, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Discussant: Dr Regina Amoako-Sakyi, University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Transforming the unwalkable city: knowledge, practices, and interventions 
Presenter: Dr Daniel Oviedo, The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, UCL, UK
Discussant: TBC

Mobile digital technology as a tool to study walkability to advance theory, policy, and practice of walking for transport  
Presenter: Dr Tamara Bozovic, University of West England, Bristol, UK
Discussant: Chebe Polycab, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel

Plenary Discussion

News and next steps in the Walking Program
David Lindelöw, Coordinator, VREF:s Walking as a Mode of Transport Program (Walking)


Since 2021 VREF has launched a series of research-based webinars called Research Forums, where scholars are given the opportunity to present their work to colleagues from various parts of the VREF community.  We are pleased that the initiative has been well-received as an opportunity for scholars in transport and mobility studies to share their work, get to know each other, and build networks.

The purpose of the Research Forums within the program Walking as a Mode of Transport is:

  • to stimulate scientific discussion of specific issues/themes related to sustainable urban mobility and equitable access, with a focus on Walking as a Mode of Transport
  • to provide an opportunity for project teams to present and discuss their on-going work with research colleagues within the Walking community
  • to provide a meeting place for dialogue and exchange among researchers and other stakeholders within the Walking community

Each Research Forum consist of presentations of on-going work in specific projects, followed by short questions, inputs and clarifications about the project  by a discussant, and a general discussion where all participants are invited to participate.

Do you have questions, thoughts or ideas related to the Walking program? Do not hesitate to contact us at