Pedestrian safety, urban design and health

By News Editor / Updated: 30 Jul 2015

Walking has great potential to contribute to sustainable urban development and should always be one of the central parts of urban transport policy. Making walking an attractive alternative to private car use over short distances will go a long way to addressing challenges related to environmental pollution, congestion and public health.

The OECD has developed a report aiming to present decision-makers with hard evidence on the importance of walking in transport policies and provide guidelines for developing a safe walking environment. The report examines walking from the perspectives of safety, urban design and health.

To read the report in English online, click here. To read in French, click here. For more information, visit

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August 2012