Plus: Why Sidewalks Are So Valuable
October 5, 2016
Livable Communities Newsletter
Tool Kits & Resources
Do a Community Walk Audit
Here are step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining and reporting on the safety and walkability of the streets and sidewalks near you.
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Lead a Community Walk Audit
Advocate for change by hosting a larger-scale walk audit and workshop event. (P.S. Be sure to invite elected officials and local leaders. If they don't show up, you can send them the audit results.)
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Promos for Pedestrians
—The National Pedestrian Safety Campaign offers ready-made outreach materials that can be customized for local use.
Federal Highway Administration
There's an App for That
— Children in Oslo, Norway, are using their smartphones to report walkability problems along their routes to school.
The End of Sprawl Is in Sight
— So say the authors of
Foot Traffic Ahead: 2016
, noting that walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in the largest metro areas are gaining market share over their neighboring, car-required suburbs.
Smart Growth America
Step It Up!
— Issued last fall, the U.S. Surgeon General's "Call to Action on Walking" is still in effect.
Learn What It's All About
— Fact: In a scenario where two houses are nearly identical, the one with a five-foot-wide sidewalk and two street trees sells for $4,000 to $34,000 more and also sells in less time.
— A pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes, says the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.
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