This article examines walkability as a sustainable public policy and seeks to substantiate the importance of walkable public spaces in urban centres. First, this work presents the current state of the global urban population, together with some of the most pressing urban-related problems, including health, inequality and economic challenges. After presenting the concept of walkability and its main advocates, this paper then discusses the benefits of walkable public spaces from economic, social, environmental and public health perspectives. Finally, this paper highlights why fostering walkable public spaces can be a suitable urban public policy approach to grant cities a more sustainable future.
“Every city resident is a pedestrian at some point in the day. A city whose streets invite people to walk, bike, and sit along them also inspires people to innovate, invest and stay for good. Regardless of where you live or how you get around or how much you may detest a bike lane, bus lane, or plaza, streets matter. They are the mortar that holds most of the world’s population together. They must be designed to encourage street life, economy, and culture”
– Janette Sadik-Khan
How to Cite:
Reale, A.S., 2019. Walkability as a sustainable urban public policy. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 7(1), pp.267–290.