2000 - VII International conference Living and Walking in Cities - Pedestrian mobility and public transport


      • The International Conference “LIVING AND WALKING IN CITIES”, at its seventh edition, every year looks at different themes about safety and mobility in urban areas. This appointment is traditionally supported by UE through COST UCE (European Co-operation in the field of Scientifical and Technical Research Urban and Civil Engineering), and organised with the contribute of various corporations like: Municipal Services Company of Brescia, Stradamica (Association for vulnerable road user safety), the Automobil Club Italia department of Brescia, Municipality of Cremona and Municipal Services Company of Cremona (that have co-operated to organise the Conference in the last two years).

      • The goal of public means transport implementation, especially in urban areas, has not been achieved yet as there is a general increase of car trips and the consequent arising of road accidents (70% of the injuries occur in urban areas). The improvement of the comfort of public transports hasn’t determined a major attractivity and the quality of the urban spaces for the access to these means of transport has been neglected as well.

      • Pedestrians are the main users of public transport, therefore it would be relevant to deepen the interaction between pedestrian mobility and different public as well as the relation to intermodal centres. In particular paths and public spaces used by passengers should be analysed focusing the attention on Vulnerable Road Users (namely the children, the elderly and the handicapped people). These goals have great influence on the quality of life in urban areas.

      • The VII International Conference “Living and walking in cities” aims to compare the different experiences on these themes and to propose adequate solutions for cities.

      • The papers have to deal with the following subjects:

      • pedestrian mobility planning and public transport system in urban areas;

      • pedestrian access to stations and/or stops: safety, quality, design, etc.;

      • intermodal public spaces and mobility within these areas.



1999 - VI International conference Living and Walking in Cities - Policies for safety in mobility: from the community level to the municipal one


      • The European Commission in the document “Promoting road safety in European Union: program 1997-2001” (n.131/1997) proposes a coordinated action of public and private subjects to improve safety in mobility and ha as its target the reduction of the 40% of fatalities in road accidents by the year 2010.

      • There is evidence that to reach this target the decision of the European authorities is not sufficient. It is necessary that policies and programs for road safety are adopted at any level by national and local authorities adopting solutions to the real lack of the circulation system. There is a data that pools the terrible of casualties in all the member countries: 70% of injuries occurs in urban areas and the vulnerable road users pay the highest price in death and permanent disabilities.

      • The VI International Conference “Living and Walking in Cities” wants to compare policies adopted in some significant urban realities to understand which obstacles do not allow the general adoption of the results of the researches made by experts financed by the European Union.



1998 - V International conference Living and Walking in Cities - Elderly people's mobility and safety


      • A research about the relation between old people and city has revealed that traffic is considered the main danger traffic bewilders with its noises, the fast and unforeseeable changes of the scenes, causes breathing difficulties, it dominated and frightens, it is concretely an upheaval of peoples own environment.

      • The road becomes an unsurmontable barrier that makes meeting places beyond the house inaccessible, it is the condition which isolates and obliges to solitude.

      • The 50% of pedestrian casualties victims is over 65 years old. Old age causes news pace and time relations that make relationship with contemporary city difficult.

      • The V International conference “Living and walking in cities” is aimed at the deepening of the possible remedies for this situation in particular at the different possibilities of the setting up of urban space both at a level of global organization and small changes, which can better the life quality of old people, making their mobility safer.