Building cities for people, not cars

The C40 Walking and Cycling Network focuses on supporting cities to plan and implement ambitious active mobility initiatives and policies. The Network helps cities envision a future where walking and cycling are accessible mobility options for all residents, where city spaces are transformed through people-friendly planning policy and where city-wide rates of walking and cycling are increased. The Network also provides support and guidance on ensuring that walking and cycling activities are resilient to climate breakdown. This includes considering adaptation measures for an uncertain future climate.

C40 mayors and cities are leading the way in incentivising this mode shift by creating networks of safe bike lanes, improving sidewalks and crossings, and enhancing cycle hire systems. They have demonstrated interest in scaling and accelerating these actions to achieve wider impact given the significant benefits that active mobility offers.

The Walking and Cycling Network serves as a platform for C40 cities to share best practices and policies to support active mobility. By bringing cities together, and convening and collaborating with key stakeholders, the network facilitates and accelerates the implementation of sustainable mobility strategies. Cities within the network have identified six focus areas/work streams for collaboration between cities.

Focus areas:
  • Making the case
    Supporting cities in collecting data to measure the benefits of active mobility and communicating the results effectively to achieve positive behavioral change.
  • Infrastructure planning
    Supporting cities in the planning of climate resilient walking and cycling networks that serve current and future demand, and are connected to other transportation modes as well as homes, jobs and education, etc.
  • Infrastructure design
    Helping cities explore and evaluate climate resilient walking and cycling infrastructure e.g. cycleways or through minor changes , as well as secondary infrastructure e.g. cycle parking or changing facilities, to support the increased uptake of walking and cycling.
  • Infrastructure financing
    Working with cities and their greater metropolitan regions to explore financing schemes and funding structures to build and operate infrastructure such as cycleways, greenways or first and last mile infrastructure.
  • Safety and security
    Collaborating with cities in the design of action plans, initiatives and infrastructure focused on reducing collisions, casualties and crime against people who walk and/or cycle.
  • Shared micro-mobility
    Supporting cities to implement and manage different bike/e-bike sharing schemes and advise on e-scooter and private operator regulations and management.

Cities participating in the Walking & Cycling Network:
Barcelona (co-lead city), Bogotá (co-lead city), Accra, Addis Ababa, Amman, Athens, Auckland, Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Chennai, Copenhagen, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Houston, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Karachi, Lagos, Mexico City, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Medellín, Nairobi, Nanjing, New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Rotterdam, Paris, Quezon City, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tshwane, Vancouver, Venice, Wuhan.