We launched our urban speed position paper!

Launched during the 6th UN Road Safety Week, you can find the position paper here.


Why 30 km/hr as default driving speed?

Read our contribution in the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety March Newsletter.


EU Global Safety Regulation

Together with ETSC, ECF, Polis and other NGOs, IFP fights hard to have the final technical requirements right for ISA (Intelligent Speed Assistance). This is part of the Global Safety Regulation, a European package that mandates a number of very valuable safety features on all new cars from 2022/2024 onwards. Seemingly small technical details are crucially important to  mandate an effective system that will significantly reduce speeding and has been calculated to save many lives. Implementing a good system within the EU will also have its repercutions in the rest of the world. See our latest position statement.


Embrace the smart car kilometer reduction in Brussels

Brussels plans to start with congestion charges, but Flanders and Wallonia are heavily opposed. In an open letter published in De Morgen (in Dutch) and Le Soir (in French) to the President of the Walloon Region after his recent request to delay, IFP president Geert van Waeg explains why they should embrace it.  (Englih version).




The Swiss Pedestrian Association Fussverkehr Schweiz assures the function of the IFP-secretariat until the end of 2013. After Christian Thomas will be Secretary ad interim.

Christian M. Thomas

Christian M. Thomas, Dr. sc. techn. (1948)

Christian Thomas has studied architecture at the ETH in Zurich and Lausanne, but later he has not built houses, but has become active in various fields of transport and ecology, has been co-founder of the association Verkehrsclub Schweiz (VCS), has been assistant to Prof. Paul K. Feyerabend at the ETH, has worked on different research projects, and is member of the Staff of the Swiss Pedestrian Association «Fussverkehr Schweiz» until the end of 2013. He has represented IFP in the Working Party on Road Safety of the United Nations – ECE in Geneva since 2002, and was elected as Secretary of IFP in 2005. Since 2012 he is member of the Board of the Zurich Pedestrian Association.
He will resign from the postion as a Secretary of IFP at the IFP-Assembly 2014.



Join us

If you see value in our vision and mission and share the goals of the International Charter for Walking, you are welcome to become a member of IFP. Please fill in  the membership application form for  organizations or individuals. Membership for individuals or non-profit organizations is free.

Voting members of IFP are organizations and institutions independent from political parties and whose primary or most important activities correspond with the goals of IFP. As for now, we welcome local pedestrian associations as well as national ones as voting members. The board can restrict the number of member organizations of one country which are voting members. Organisations that deal with pedestrian issues only as a minor part of their activity (e.g. bicycle and environment organisations) are welcome to become associated members. For more details see the IFP voting membership policy.

Associate members are any other organizations, institutions, and individuals who share IFP’s goals, and wish to support its work in any way. They receive information but have no voting right. For more details see the IFP Associate membership policy.

What can IFP do for you?

IFP is a network of experts and organizations and institutions interested in improving the situation of pedestrians. You may profit from the knowledge of others. Ask any question, and we shall try to find an adequate answer among our members.

Through this site and our Facebook page you can gain visibility for your projects, seek support or input from others or join a discussion on various topics. 

What can you do for IFP?

You may send us information, links and articles on pedestrian issues for the publication on the website, if they are of international interest.

Your address is for internal use only, but the e-mail address might be sent to anyone who likes to contact you (the members in your country or the members with your field of interest). – Your data won’t be used for any other purpose than communication among IFP-members.

Membership (organizations)

For more information on membership policy for organizations, see the general membership page.

Membership (individuals)

For more information on membership policy for individuals, see the general membership page.


IFP does not collect annual membership fees, and currently functions purely on voluntary basis. In a way, it is amazing how we have managed to do the work so far without any structural funding. Anyhow, we hope to find some structural sponsorship to be able to guarantee continuity in our commitments to support the cause of the pedestrians in the international context. Suggestions are welcome!

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IFP is accredited as a non-profit NGO at the United Nations. We want to send persons competent and committed to pedestrian matters to international meetings, conferences and organisations active in our themes.

Permanent delegates

At present there are three IFP-delegates:

Michelle Ernst is representing IFP at the headquarters in New York.
Christian M. Thomas (Secretary) is representing IFP in the Working Party on road safety (WP1) of the UN-ECE in Geneva. The WP1 meets twice or three times a year for 3 to 4 days.
Dieter Schwab is representing IFP at the UN in Vienna.

Delegates for the other UN (regional) organisations should be appointed in order to build a world-wide network for the promotion of road safety for pedestrians.

Members and member organisations wishing to act as delegates of IFP in international organisations, please report to the secretariat, and your intention will be considered.

We are interested to appoint qualified persons to attend meetings of the international organisations such as the ones mentioned below:

In particular the following:

Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Regional Commissions:

Board Members

* = members of the executive group 

mario alves


* Mario Alves (Portugal), Associação de Cidadãos Auto-Mobilizados (ACA-M) –

Secretary-General IFP

Mário J. Alves has a degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Transport. He worked at the Centre for Transport Studies of the University of London and the Centre for Urban and Regional Systems of the University of Lisbon. He was executive coordinator of mobility plans and participated in several European projects related to walking and cycling. Recently he worked on a report to critically assess the policies of the Portuguese government to achieve the Kyoto targets. He was part of the International Scientific Programme Committee of the conference Walk21 in Toronto and National Coordinator of the COST Action: Pedestrian Quality Needs. He was advisor for the Mayor of Lisbon and currently advisor for several Portuguese and European institutions. In 2010 he was the co-editor the book “The Walker and the City”. Over the last decade wrote articles and presented numerous papers and seminars on topics related to walking in particular and transport and sustainable mobility in general.



Gustavo Calderón  (Colombia), Fundación Colombiana de Peatones -

Gustavo is a Civil Engineer, Specialist in Road Design, Transportation and Traffic Engineering. He has a Master Degree in Environmental Administration for Sustainable Development, and Advanced training as a scholar in Japan and Sweden on Tranportation Planing and on Public Transportation and Environment. He is a Consultant, Researcher and Promotor of Sustainable Mobility. Co-founder of the Colombian Foundation of Pedestrians and its President and Executive Director since 1999.





Eileen McCarthy(US), America

Eileen McCarthy represents her ward in Washington, DC in the United States on the Pedestrian Advisory Council, which advises the Mayor, City Council and city agencies on pedestrian safety and accessibility. Among other activities, Eileen led the Council's efforts to support DC's adoption of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Act of 2016, which institutionalized open public access to crash data and the District's Complete Streets policy, mandated bicycle and pedestrian priority areas, established an aggressive driving law, and created a task force to review major crashes and identify needed engineering and other changes. Eileen also serves as a mentor for the America Walks Walking College. Eileen worked as a lawyer at the US Department of Labor from 1988 until 2013, in a variety of roles and on a variety of subjects. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1980 and a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University in 1984..


    Eileen McCarthy
Silvia Stuchi  


Silvia Stuchi  (Brazil) -

Treasurer IFP 

Environmental manager (University of São Paulo), PhD in Scientific Policy and Technology (State University of Campinas), with internship period at University of Science and Technology, Lille/ France, and visiting Student Researcher at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. In 2018 she started a Post doc in Sustainability (University of São Paulo) with emphasis on active mobility. With 8 years experience in sustainability and climate change projects (CDM and voluntary carbon market projects), and 5 years on pedestrian mobility. Passionate active transportation advocate, she is coordinating the NGO “Corrida Amiga” since 2014 and also developing Como Anda project, in parter with Cidade Ativa, sponsored by iCS, with the goal to map the walking initiatives in Brazil. In June (18), together with other partners, she started a research to evaluate the Impact of "Paulista Aberta" program on Urban Vitality.



* Ben Rossiter (Australia), Victoria Walks -

Vice-President IFP

Ben has been the Executive Officer of Victoria Walks since its inception in 2009. Before taking up this position he was the Manager of Active Transport at VicHealth. He has a background in cross sectoral partnerships, research, policy and program development, community development and health promotion. He has a long interest in walking, sustainable communities and urban environments. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities and he has published articles and book chapters on walking and urban experience. He is a member of the Victorian Pedestrian Advisory Council.


    Ben Rossiter
Dieter Schwab  


Dieter Schwab(Austria), -

Dieter Schwab was born 1959 in Vienna, Austria, where he made a Master degree in Urban and City Planning (Technical University of Vienna). He worked as a member of the staff of the urban planning and development department, traffic planning and regional development section of the Vienna City Administration from 2004 to July 2006. He serves as an expert of the Vienna City Administration regarding pedestrians, head of the pedestrian expert group. As of August 2006, he became expert for TRAFICO Transport Planning Agency. Field of responsibility: Walking pedestrian areas. In January 2007 he founded the Austrian Pedestrian Organisation named “ – der oesterreichische Verein fuer FussgaengerInnen”).



Christian Thomas (Switzerland), Fussgängerverein Zürich –

Christian Thomas has originally studied Architecture at the ETH in Lausanne and in Zurich, and has been engaged in different initiatives on Transport and Ecology, as a consultant for Transport of WWF-Switzerland, as a Founder of the Traffic-Club Switzerland (Verkehrsclub), which is an alternative to the traditional Automobile-Clubs promoting mostly the more ecological forms of mobility. He was Assistant at the Chair of Philosophy of Science, ETH Zurich, where he made his PhD, and he has been working in different research projects. From 2001 to 2015 he has worked for the Swiss Pedestrian Association (Fussverkehr Schweiz), has joined the Swiss Council of Experts on Road Safety for a number of years, and now he is member of the Board of the local Pedestrian Association in Zürich, and a consultant of the “Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety”


  Christian Thomas
Ole Thorson  


Ole Thorson Jorgenson (Spain), Catalunya Camina -

Born in Copenhagen in 1941. Civilengineer and Ph.D. from the Politechnical University of Denmark 1964 and Barcelona 1983. Specialised in traffic, transport, road safety and pedestrians. 1967-70 Danish Council of Road Safety Research. 1970-89 Traffic Planning Division, Barcelona Municipality and 1980-89 Head of the Division. 1972 – Director of the Consultant firm INTRA s.l. 1989- 2006 Associated professor at the Politechnical University of Catalonia (Transport). Vice-president of the Spanish Traffic Accident Prevention Association. (since 1984): Board member of the European Federation of Pedestrian Associations (FEPA). President of the International Federation od Pedestrians from 2005 to 2012. Founding member of the board of The Spanish Association for Pedestrian Rights.



Geert van Waeg (Belgium), -

President IFP

Born in 1959 in Brussels, Belgium, Geert got his PhD in medical science in Uppsala, Sweden. From the mid 70ies on, he was active around non-motorized road users (mainly cyclists, as local chairman of the “Groene Fietsers” in Brussels) and liveable cities (Brukselbinnenstebuiten). Together with family and friends, he founded the NGO, after he lost his daughter when a car crashed into a group of scouts on a hike on a small country road in 2003. supports local grass root initiatives around infrastructure for non-motorized road users in Belgium through advice and visibility of the projects on its website. Defending the fine network of public footpaths and right-of-ways for the generations to come is done both through and through the NGO Trage Wegen (slow roads), of which he is a board member. He is an active member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, and represented the IFP on many occassions, including at the High Level Ministerial Conferences on Road Safety in Moscow, November 2009 and Brazilia, November 2015.



  Geert van Waeg