By Marcel Martin

Encouraging actions in the field to promote walking, seeking carbon neutral mobility with economic growth and social justice, is one of the missions of the Institute for Climate and Society (iCS), which has supported the Como Anda project since 2016. iCS considers walking as a fundamental part of its transport portfolio, because it is a basic means of travel that is common to everybody.

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The Como Anda project had already systematized institutions and engaged initiatives with mobility on foot. In the renewal cycle of the grant agreement for the 2019/2020 horizon, it was proposed that it rethink the operation of the initiative from the potentials already developed over the years, making use of all the technical knowledge accumulated by the project and by its network. This publication is the result of these undertaken efforts of redirection. More than just a compilation of experiences and a guide for actions of political advocacy, the publication brings with it a network of institutions that actively strive for walking to be valued and given its due recognition.

Since the National Policy of Urban Mobility was approved in 2012, it has become clear that mobility on foot should be prioritized over other modes of transport. It is well-known that walking is very often not enough for an entire trip, but it is undoubtedly an important part of this journey. Rethinking habits and demanding that the government gives proper treatment to mobility on foot is fundamental in having more dynamic and sustainable cities.

This document takes another important step in this direction, adding experiences and encouraging militancy in the promotion of mobility on foot as a continuous act that should be intensified in windows of opportunity – for example, engaging candidates in elections and strengthening actions of groups, movements and civil society organizations.

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This text was originally taken from the presentation of the study.

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