This barometer of “walkable” cities is the first of its kind with lessons to be “taken with a grain of salt”. This opinion poll is not carried out on a representative sample of the population. It takes into account “the feeling” of walkers, and is intended as a tool for public policies.
We know the list of cycling cities, here is the 1st barometer of “walkable” cities, unveiled this Tuesday, September 7 by The Place aux pedestrians collective, which carried out this survey between the months of December 2020 and March 2021 in partnership with Ademe, the Ecological Transition Agency.
More than 68,000 people were interviewed and answered around 40 questions about urban travel.
“By its method of distribution (online access, promotion by networks, non-selection of respondents, etc.) this survey is not based on a representative sample of all French people. Certain categories are over-represented (age, residence, participation in associations related to walking…). “ indicates in the preamble The Collective on its site.
Ambition of this initiative? Collect the “feeling” residents on the “walkability” of their municipality and their opinion on how to improve the sorting of pedestrians in urban areas.
The analysis of more than 40,000 respondents highlighted the diversity of the difficulties encountered by pedestrians, with often different expectations depending on whether they are daily pedestrians by necessity, vulnerable pedestrians, pedestrian walkers or hikers.
Ultimately, the use of the collected data shows that our cities are difficult to walk.
“No city really deserves to be on a podium, most scarcely ranking 12 out of 20. The cities that stand out are cities with assets for leisure walking, geographic, aesthetic and heritage assets.
This is undoubtedly one of the explanations for which Annecy, in Haute-Savoie, obtains an attractive place in the barometer, ahead of Dijon and Metz, in the category of cities of 100 to 200,000 inhabitants.