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The International charter for walking is an initiative undertaken by 'Walk21'[1] to encourage walking in urban areas for benefits to health, the environment and the economy.[2]

International scope

  1. The government of the Australian Capital Territory is a signatory to the charter.[3]
  2. The Mayor of Stuttgart signed the charter on July 20, 2011.[4]
  3. Geelong, Victoria signed the charter on August 9, 2011.[5]
  4. The Mayor of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada signed the charter. November 9, 2011[6]

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"Walking is convenient, it needs no special equipment, is self-regulating and inherently safe. Walking is as natural as breathing."

John Butcher, Founder of 'Walk21', 1999

"Few arguments can be put forward against inviting people to walk as much as possible in their cities. It's good for the cities, the air, the resources and the people."

Jan Gehl, participant at the London Conference, 2000

"Cities cannot give in to the endless demands of vehicles. We must recover the environment, adopt initiatives to discourage and reduce the abusive use of the car and promote walking, cycling and public transport."

Odón Elorza, Mayor of Donostia-San Sebastián 2001

See also


  1. ^ "Charter statement".
  2. ^ "Charter for Walking" (PDF).
  3. ^ Canberra Times, April 20, 2012, page 19
  4. ^ "Mayor of Stuttgart signs".
  5. ^ "Geelong signs". Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
  6. ^ "Mayor of Ottawa signs".