Walking is the most natural, healthy, democratic and economical way of traversing short distances. It leaves no emissions and other negative influences on the environment, compared to other forms of transportation, it is non-demanding on the space and infrastructure. Despite that, a (too) large portion of short trips nowadays are made by car. A study on the travel habits in the urban region of Ljubljana has shown that in the Municipality of Ljubljana, one-half of all journeys are shorter than 3 km. In the surrounding municipalities, 50.9% of trips by car are shorter than 2 km; 21.5% are even shorter than 1 km. That’s a distance we can walk in just 10 minutes!
By changing our travel habits and starting to walk short distances, we’ll not only noticeably save energy and lower CO2 emissions, but also have a healthier population of city inhabitants, more connected communities and a richer local economy. We’d gain even greater savings with long-term changes in the settlement patterns – which are most closely connected to travel habits – into sustainable and walkable cities.
The project, shortly named Pešec, aims to promote walking as a traffic practice and sustainable mobibilty. The objectives of the project are:
1. To improve understanding of walking as a traffic practice
2. To encourage the change of our travel habits in order to start to walk short distances
3. To connect organisations and stakeholders that are active in the field of walking
The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning of the RS within the tender for non-government organizations for the years 2018 and 2019. It is carried out by the IPOP – Institute of Spatial Policies as its head, and the CIPRA Slovenia, Society for the protection of the Alps.
Duration: july 2018 – october 2019