Walking and the Life of the City Symposium

Please join the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University for a research symposium focusing on the distinctive role that walking plays in city life. While a growing body of research in transportation has emphasized the health benefits of “active” travel modes like walking and biking, the researchers presenting at this event address walking from many perspectives, including social, economic, and even psychological factors, as well as walking’s integration with other modes of travel. In addition, the symposium will explore the future of walking in cities and what needs to be done in future walking research.

This half-day event includes researchers from across the globe and, of course, from here in one of the world’s great walking cities, New York. Presenters include:

• Dick Ettema, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands: Walking and Psychological Well-Being
• Sarah Kaufman, New York University, New York: Augmented Reality on the Street
• David King, Columbia University, New York: Walking in a Multimodal Context
• Kevin Manaugh, McGill University, Montreal, Canada: Socio-Economics of Walking
• Andrew Mondschein, New York University, New York: Walking, Activity Patterns, and Information Technologies
• Robert Schneider, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California: Walking Research Needs

Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic as well as a recent series of essays on walking at Slate.com, will keynote the symposium. We expect ample discussion among presenters and the audience as to what we know and still need to know about walking and its impact on people, neighborhoods, and cities as a whole.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Transportation Research Center.