Walk21 champions the development of healthy, sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk. Through the global network, conference series and the International Charter for Walking, Walk21 are realising a vision to create communities where people want to and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax.

Walk21 was founded in 2000 with the '21' in the title reflecting the dawn of the new century - the century for walking. Since the beginning of the century, a Walk21 conference has been hosted in a different city each year. Some key achievements of the Walk21 conference series has been the development and launch of the International Charter for Walking in Melbourne in 2006 and the Measuring Walking workshop series. 

Walk21 undertakes consultancy work with cities to audit and identify opportunities for more walkable neighbourhoods, project work in Europe to develop and implement policies and projects for walking and presentations and seminars about walking at local national and international forums. 

The Global Walk21 Network seeks to support and inspire professionals, politicians and the community to evolve the best policies and implement the best initiatives that create and promote environments where people choose to walk, to deliver resources and data to underpin those initiatives and to give walking the international status and recognition it needs and deserves. 


The Walk21 Conference series provides a global forum to: 

  • Highlight and promote the importance of walking at political, policy and community levels to gain international impetus for and commitment to walking;
  • Disseminate new research, good practice and successful promotion measures for walking as part of everyday life;
  • Showcase city success stories and support the host city, the local business community, and stakeholders in taking bigger steps towards a more walkable future;
  • Illustrate how to prioritise and integrate walking across all relevant policy areas including traffic, spatial planning, health, public space, tourism, recreation, art and community engagement;
  • Celebrate the global momentum for more walkable, sustainable communities, the daily joys of walking and achievements around the world;
  • Identify emerging ideas, the need for future research and opportunities for funding.

International delegates attending a Walk21 conference have the opportunity to explore these themes in action through walking tours and visits arranged in the host city.