Skip to content
home » general


Contact us

 Contact us through our Contact Form  or contact us directly by mail: 

Social Media

Find us here 


The International Federation of Pedestrians also runs a mailing-list: IFPedestrians-net




IFP does not collect annual membership fees. Since its conception in 1963, the IFP has relied on volunteers. In a way, it is amazing how we have managed to do the work so far without any structural funding.

Recently, we started receiving some occasional limited funds to support our activities.

Through participation in the EU MORE project, started late 2018, for the first time we received multi-year funding for a project. 

For the future, we hope to find structural sponsorships to guarantee continuity in our commitments to support the cause of the pedestrians in the international context.


Why? Aren’t we all pedestrians?

In an ideal world, there shouldn’t even be an organization supporting pedestrians worldwide. But since we don’t live in an ideal world, we are needed to bring and keep pedestrian issues on the agenda of worldwide decision makers. Find out what we do, and be inspired to support us with a donation. Your help is extremely welcome.


Support us with a donation. You will receive an official receipt. Unfortunately, this will not serve as a tax deduction certificate, given all different rules in different countries. We thank you!


The bylaws were adopted at the IFP General Assembly in Zurich, Sept. 22, 2005, and amended on February 20, 2017


The International Federation of Pedestrians runs a mailing-list. Subscribe by becoming an individual member of IFP using this form. You can always un-subscribe IFPedestrians-net at any time you like!

There are a few rules to keep the list useful with low but juicy traffic:

  • Keep your e-mail topics as close as possible to pedestrian and walking issues or the very least sustainable mobility (that includes walking).
  • Spam is not allowed and offenders will be banned.
  • Try to share rich content and answers: avoid e-mails with single lines saying: “Me too!” or “I agree!”.
  • Please include relevant text from the original message. Trim it to the minimum, but do not overdo it. It should still be possible for somebody who did not read the original message to understand what you are talking about. (This is especially important for postings of the type “yes, I see this too”, where the initial posting was dozens or hundreds of lines.)
  • Use some technique to identify which text came from the original message, and which text you add. A common convention is to prepend “> ” to the original message. Leaving white space after the “> ” and leaving empty lines between your text and the original text both make the result more readable. But most e-mail programs have a way to identify that.
  • Please ensure that the attributions of the text you are quoting is correct. People can become offended if you attribute words to them that they  did not write.


A world that is inviting, safe and comfortable for all to walk.


Walking is not only a natural right. Walking is a legitimate use of public space and people should be supported and encouraged to choose to walk. Being an essential part of sustainable mobility, walking improves health and liveability of communities.

IFP will increase the awareness about walking through:

  • facilitating exchange of experience and expertise between members worldwide,
  • formulating policy statements based on input from members,
  • inspiring/engaging grass roots capacity building,
  • stimulating local, national and international initiatives,
  • working with international organizations supporting the cause of the pedestrians.

IFP position papers

Our first position paper on Urban Speed was launched during the 6th UN Road Safety Week in 2021:

The International Charter for Walking

The International Charter for Walking has been created by experts from different countries, and signed by cities, institutions and individuals. You can read more about it and sign it on the website

The human right of walking / who owns the road?

The right to be mobile without a motor IFP wants to establish the right to walk in the public space as an explicitly stated basic human right. Read an American essay on this issue by Steven G. Goodridge: The Right to Travel by Human Power

Who owns the road? An article (pdf) by PL Jacobsen et all concluding that “Interventions to reduce traffic speed and volume are likely to promote walking and bicycling and thus result in public health gains.”

Road safety


Pedestrian safety is of growing concern to many governments.  The high rate of persons killed and injured in road collisions is not acceptable.  Experience shows that the number of pedestrians killed or seriously injured is more difficult to reduce than the number of motorised road users, because they are the most vulnerable road users.  In many countries where casualties of car drivers and riders have been significantly reduced in recent years, the number of pedestrians killed or injured has not been reduced at the same rate.

Pedestrian safety manual

IFP actively participated in the writing of the Pedestrian Safety Manual, coordinated by the World Health Organization. The result is a comprehensive though appropriately compact, well balanced manual on what can and should be done to make our public space safer and better. It is an important contribution to the Decade of Action on Road safety. What can be taken from the manual goes beyond pedestrian safety only, as many of the proposed measures are also beneficial for other road users, vulnerable and less vulnerable. And more liveable cities will be a welcome side-effect!

Download the manual (PDF):

English       French       Portuguese       Russian      Spanish

Pedestrian safety, urban space and health

Pedestrian road safety cannot simply be measured by the number of the persons killed or injured. Whether the public space is hostile or inviting for walking has a huge impact on whether people choose to walk. Therefore, walking has to be planned, and a pedestrian-friendly and safe infrastructure has to be implemented. In 2012 a comprehensive report has been published by the International Transport Forum ITF

The research report may be bought here: OECD manual

NGO Brussels declaration

Recommendations to Governments from NGOs advocating for road victims and road safety for the ‘Decade of Action for Road Safety. In May 2009, more than 100 representatives of 70 NGOs from 40 countries came together for the first time in Brussels at a meeting hosted by the World Health Organization. Using their unique expertise and perspective, participants compiled 33 recommendations to improve road safety. IFP has been active in the elaboration of the text together with other organisations.

Brussels NGO Declaration (PDF)

Convention on the rights of the child

Convention on the rights of the child UNICEF has adopted a convention which is binding for all countries that have ratified it. It can be valuable to quote the following articles when you negotiate with your authorities for example on safe walking to school:

  • article 6/2: States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.
  • article 19/1: States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.

Convention on the rights of the child (UNICEF website)



The Young Women Lead (YWL) cohort 2021 have undertaken a 9-month long study into Glasgow’s urban infrastructure and whether it reflects and supports the diverse needs of women and non-binary people living in the city.

Glasgow: A Feminist City? Young Women Lead Report 2021

Urbanism – Health – Environment – Public transport – Traffic planning – Economical aspects – Social aspects

We are currently selecting and editing some relevant documents. Please feel free to suggest recent documents you would like to see included under these various topics. Thanks 

Social Media

Visit us on