Open call to contribute to the Special Journal Edition on Walking, Cycling and Accessibility in Cities in the Global South

Publications on walking and cycling in cities in the Global South are relatively limited compared to the Global North and hard to retrieve. This call for submission of articles aims to publish and disseminate research and experiences about this topics in a special Journal Edition. The project is undertaken in collaboration with the VREF as part of a current preparation of new initiatives under the Future Urban Transport Programme.

Walking and cycling are important in ensuring accessibility and connectivity in cities in the Global South. Not only do they complement other modes of transportation, but also jointly contribute to the functioning and rhythm of life in cities.

Despite their importance, planning and financing walking and cycling infrastructure and services across the world vary from neglect through half-hearted measures to full-scale inclusion. Providing walking and cycling infrastructure and services is largely an afterthought in transportation planning that remains car-centric in many parts of the world. Publications on walking and cycling in cities in the Global South are relatively limited compared to the Global North. Users looking for more information on this topic must therefore search hard to retrieve relevant publications. Though there are a few key publications that focus on walking and cycling in emerging countries, there are recent developments that have not been adequately covered.

This Research Topic aims to publish and disseminate research and experiences on the role of walking and cycling in enhancing accessibility in cities in the Global South Pdf, 358.4 kB. (Pdf, 358.4 kB).


  • Meleckidzedeck Khayesi, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Jacqueline Klopp, Columbia University, New York City, United States
  • Holger Dalkmann, Sustain2030, Berlin, Germany
  • Winnie Mitullah, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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