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Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center announces seventh round of Walk Friendly Communities

News Release

For Immediate Release

April 24, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, NC—The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is pleased to announce three new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) and one new designation. The "Walk Friendly" title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. As part of its commitment to pedestrian safety, FedEx supports Walk Friendly Communities, a national recognition program of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina that encourages cities and towns across the United States to create safe walking environments.

PBIC recognizes these four communities for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety:

Gold Level

Bronze Level

"These four cities present a very interesting picture of how cities are striving to be more walkable," said Carl Sundstrom, WFC program manager. "Charlottesville has made some great improvements since being named a Silver-level community in our first round of the program. At the same time, Boulder and Denver show how two cities separated by just 30 miles can take different approaches to being pedestrian friendly based on their unique challenges."

There are now 47 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation. To date, Seattle, Wash., remains the only Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community.

The program will begin accepting applications for the seventh round on May 1, 2014, with the deadline for submission on June 16, 2014. Interested communities are encouraged to visit www.walkfriendly.org to learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool.

Applicants use a web-based program that asks a comprehensive set of questions and provides communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity. The questions examine engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

"FedEx remains committed to promoting safe and walkable communities throughout the country," said Rose Flenorl, manager of FedEx Global Citizenship. "We fully recognize the value of walking trails, sidewalks and other pedestrian amenities, which is why we continue to sponsor this program. With more than 90,000 vehicles on the road daily, we understand FedEx has a critical role to play in actively promoting a culture of safety around the world."


About the WFC Program

The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies.

At the core of the WFC program is a comprehensive assessment tool that evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. The assessment tool questions are intended to both evaluate conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity.

Modeled after the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Communities,” WFC distinguishes cities and towns that are leading the way in walkability. WFC is the first program to highlight communities for their walkability initiatives and programs, while also offering feedback to assist communities in improving walkability.

About PBIC

Since its inception in 1999, PBIC's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.www.pedbikeinfo.org

About the FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation use, safety, and accessibility. The FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that States and other agencies understand and meet legislative requirements.

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $45 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Media Contacts:

PBIC: James Gallagher, 919.843.7007 (office) james@hsrc.unc.edu
FedEx: Lori Walton, 901.434-5765 (office) lori.walton@fedex.com
FHWA: Neil Gaffney, 202.366.0877 (office) neil.gaffney@dot.gov