People engage with place while moving around as part of everyday life, in ways that could have implications for their long term emotional relationship to the city. In this study peoples experience of the urban environment resulting from their recurrent use of it while moving around by feet, was explored among so called traceures active in parkour. The trend started out in the suburbs among young Parisians during the 1980’s. Parkour means route and early influences came from military training on steeplechase courts which inspired them to think of obstacles in the physical environment as challenges. They use the urban environment with their body in complex and playful ways associated with gaining a heightened bodily and mental experience. The purpose of this presentation is to show how this type of recurring bodily use of everyday surroundings also can nurture emotional bonds between people and urban environments.The results presented as part of this investigation draw on a six week field work among a group of traceures in Stockholm, Sweden. The transcripts of interviews with ten persons were analyzed according to phenomenological procedure aimed to capture their use and experience of the urban environment. One phenomenon – friendship with the city - reflects how this way of moving around is associated with a concurrent emotional relationship evolving in transaction with the environment. The results are elaborated on in relation to theory on place attachment about multimodal sensuous experiences supporting the development of strong memories and emotions becoming associated to place. The complex and playful physical interaction with place carried out by a traceur should have implications for their emotional bonds to specific places, as well as to urban environments in general.The results will be discussed in relation to common modes of use, transport and leisure in urban areas and a more sustainable urban mobility. Suggested is that an urban design that promote active and playful modes of moving about could be important to make cities more liveable - not only to youngsters - but to the population at large.