Tools to Measure Walkability
Date & Time
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
D. Taylor Reich Gashaw Aberra Meti Wudneh Rushda Majeed

How to put pedestrians first? There are a lot of answers to that question, and ITDP’s new suite of online tools can help you find them. These tools - called Pedestrians First - use babies, toddlers, and their caregivers as a lens to focus on the most important topics for walking in cities all over the world. They are tools for street design, neighborhood improvement, transit systems, and citywide planning. We will briefly hear from two guest presenters sharing about: the context of pedestrian conditions in Addis Ababa, and about the relationship between walking environment and child’s development. Working in small groups, we’ll use these tools to answer questions about walkability in Addis Ababa. After the session, you’ll know how to use Pedestrians First to improve walkability in your city.

In this workshop participants will:

  • Navigate discomfort and engage one another on the topics of race, class and inequality, within the framework of mobility justice.

  • Become more conscious in their practice of deliberately addressing issues of social justice in mobility planning.

  • Discuss solutions to mitigate racism and bias in decision making, institutional cultures and individual mindsets that impact functions of cities and shape their socio-spatial landscapes.


  • D. Taylor Reich, Research Associate, ITDP, Washington D.C., USA
  • Gashaw Aberra, Country Manager - Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Guest Presenters

  • Meti Wudneh, Design Directorate Director, Addis Ababa City Roads Authority (AACRA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Rushda Majeed, India Representative, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Mumbai, India
Session Type
Workshop-Skill Building for Change