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Abstract Submissions

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Australia is well known internationally for its progressive Active Living programs. More recently public space planning and transport policies are also adapting to meet the demands of people on foot. The State of NSW and the City of Sydney invite other global communities to both learn from and contribute to the process - demonstrating that they can reap social, environmental and economic benefits from the creation of attractive, accessible and safer communities.

The conference will provide a platform to unpack the policies that are working and helping New South Wales, and the iconic City of Sydney in particular, to be more walkable. Over the three days of shared debate, it is hoped that delegates will contribute to and take back some of the Sydney success to benefit their own communities. Whether you are a passionate politician, a concerned campaigner or a progressive practitioner, you are warmly invited to share your experience and be part of the discussion at Walk21 Sydney in October 2014.

Abstracts are invited from anyone who has, or is, conducting original research and evaluations or has case studies that highlight effective policy and community initiatives. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words in length and should be structured in a way that describes the aim, method, results and conclusions of the paper.

To submit your abstract for the Walk21 International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities 2014, Sydney, we require you to complete the online abstract form. You can access this form using the 'Submit Abstract' button. A confirmation email indicating a successful upload will be sent to the email address you have specified.

You will be required to submit your contact details and details of your abstract (Abstract Title, Authors, Preferred Presentation Type, Theme, etc).

Please ensure that ALL required information is completed as requested. If you experience any problems during the online submission process, please contact the conference secretariat by phone on +61 2 9254 5000 or email abstracts@walk21sydney.com

Abstract Themes

Abstract submissions can be made within the following themes:

Key Themes

  1. Connecting places - walking for transport
    Walking is a key mode of transport and should be considered in the planning and management of the transport network. There is scope and capacity for walking to play a greater role as a transport mode for short trips (up to 2 kms) and at the beginning and end of longer multi-modal trips. Given Sydney's climate and multiple centres there is scope for walking to play a greater role for trips for any purpose. Trips for business are an example of a market where walking can play a greater role. Walking is pivotal in an expanding and globally competitive economy. People who walk spend more, more often, however are not always given the level of importance they contribute to the economy. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) walking being considered as a mode of transport, encouraging walking to manage congestion, understanding walking demand, and tracking direct economic benefits from walking/streetscape improvements.
  2. Walk alive
    Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, yet just 30 minutes of brisk walking on most days of the week can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, colon and breast cancer, depression and falls. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) projects and programmes where walking is being adopted by less active people to enhance the quality of their health and their lives. In particular we are interested in case studies of schemes which have targeted young people in schools, adults in work places and older people in their leisure time that have proven to be effective.
  3. I walk!
    New innovations in technology and social networking are opening up the opportunity for people to use cars less and walk more. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) where innovative technology is being used to understand and encourage walking through modeling, infrastructure decisions and information campaigns. In particular we are interested in case studies of mapping, applications and websites that have reached and encouraged more people to walk, whether for business or pleasure, and for the whole journey or to access public transport.
  4. Paving the way for a better built environment
    The built environment shapes the way people move from place to place. From global cities to suburban housing, the built environment has the ability to enable more people to walk to more places in a safe, comfortable and quick manner. Prioritising walking in the built environment is particularly interesting, for example pedestrian priority and naked streets. Buildings also have the potential to enable more walking, the design of a staircase as a feature at the entrance to the building, fine grain street frontages and passive surveillance. Ensuring that walk-friendly access is provided in all future developments is an important way to encourage walking. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) street design for walking, urban renewal design and master planning, architectural building design that encourages and makes walking a convenient choice, innovative solutions to multi-modal intersections, place making case studies, retro-fitting public spaces for people and suburban retro-fits to make a community more walkable.

Complementary Themes

  1. Walking is no accident
    Every year, 270,000 people across the globe die as pedestrians in road traffic crashes. We welcome examples of strategies and projects with a commitment to making people on foot safer. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) case studies where design, education and enforcement have delivered measurable road safety benefits and personal security outcomes for people on foot.
  2. Walking for tourism and sport and recreation
    Walking for pleasure is the number one leisure activity reported by residents of NSW. Walking tourism is a key consideration for Sydney and for the rest of regional NSW with its diverse coastlines and rural idylls. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) improved recreational and tourism experiences and walking numbers, and the influence of technology. Specifically we will also consider research exploring the impact of distance to destination and the impact of low density environments on walking for recreation.
  3. Policy steps
    The International Transport Forum recommends that walking should take a central position in urban transport policies to build the sustainable cities of tomorrow, because walking is a key mode of transport for short trips and a part of most longer multi-modal trips. We welcome contributions considering topics including (but not limited to) political vision and systematic approaches that are meeting the needs of people on foot in societies with increasing urbanisation. In particular we are interested in case studies of effective integrated policies and collaboration models that are delivering healthy, mobile and friendly places across our cities from the centre to suburbia.

Presentation Formats

Proposals can include but need not necessarily be limited to:

  • Breakout presentations – Normally a 20 minute presentation
  • Posters – Normally an A1 display board space. Please indicate any special display requirements.
  • Walkshops – A led outdoor activity away from the main conference venue. Please indicate the location, time taken to get there and back, means of transport, the minimum time required and the maximum number of participants possible. Please note that the responsibility for leading the walkshop lies with the walkshop organiser, not the Conference Management.
  • Pecha Kucha – A handful of presenters illustrate and describe their projects in a tight dynamic format. See http://www.pecha-kucha.org/
  • 'City Surgery' – An issue is presented in 10 minutes and advice invited from the audience to help improve the situation based on their experience and expertise.
  • Free format – We welcome contributions that don't fit with the previously listed formats. These could be multimedia (graphic art, sculpture, video, film, etc.), as well as formats like roundtables, knowledge-transfer focused training workshops or any other. Please note that it is unlikely that we will have any additional budget to facilitate formats which are very adventurous. However we will do our best to support inventive suggestions where time and capacity allow. Please provide as much detail as possible on the objectives, modus operandi and desired outcomes as well as an indication of how much space and time your idea is likely to take to succeed.
  • Pre-conference workshops – Please additionally provide as much detail as possible on the objectives, modus operandi and desired outcomes as well as an indication of the amount of space and time required. Please note that presenters are responsible for all pre- and post-conference workshop arrangements. These can be discussed and agreed with the conference organisers.

Speaker Zone

You can access the Speaker Zone using your personal access key, which will be issued to you after you complete the abstract submission form.

In the Speaker Zone, you will be able to:

  • View the PDF version of your abstract to ensure the abstract has been received correctly
  • Add additional abstracts, if required
  • Check the status of your abstract
  • Check which session your abstract has been allocated to, if available
  • Register for the conference

Terms and Conditions

The submission of an abstract and the ticking of the box in the abstract submission form indicates an understanding of the following rules for participation in the conference:

  • All author(s) approve submitting their work for presentation.
  • The author(s) agree(s) to materially confine their presentations to information in the abstract if accepted for presentation; if an author has more than one abstract accepted each presentation will be materially confined to the information in the abstract selected for the specific session.
  • At least one author will be available to present the abstract if selected for the program. The authors will immediately notify the Walk21 Sydney 2014 Secretariat if they are unable to present an abstract or if the presenting author is changed.
  • Copyright in any abstract submitted to the Walk21 Sydney 2014 Secretariat will be retained by the author, but, if selected for presentation at the conference, the author will permit the conference organisers to use the abstract (whether in whole or in part) for the sole purpose of promoting the conference prior to its commencement date. If required, conference organisers will obtain the author's prior approval before such use of the abstract..