Flagstaff is designated as a Bronze-level community due to the city’s commitment to improving walking through evaluation, child pedestrian education, and promotional activities. Highlights of Flagstaff’s application include:
- Flagstaff demonstrates its commitment to being a Walk Friendly Community through its staff’s attention to pedestrian issues. The city has a bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, an active pedestrian advocacy group, and a Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
- The city’s efforts to supplement Journey to Work Census data with meaningful local data led to the development of the Flagstaff Trip Diary Survey, which is repeated every five years.
- Flagstaff is home to a popular and extensive trail system called the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS, pronounced “foots”) that currently has 56 miles of trails, with more than 130 more miles planned. The Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) will serve as a detailed guide for enhancing walking and biking in Flagstaff, including the FUTS trails, once adopted in 2022.
- The City of Flagstaff works with the Coconino County Injury Prevention program to organize Safe Routes to School events and education programs for the elementary schools in the city. The County organizes annual events in conjunction with International Walk-to-School Day and conducts several educational activities.
- Flagstaff is continually making community-wide advancements to improve walking. In 2018, Flagstaff voters approved an extension of the transportation sales tax, which includes $29 million over 20 years (2020-2040) for pedestrian and bicycle projects. In advance of the proposition, a detailed inventory of existing sidewalks and a prioritized list of missing sidewalks were developed.
- In 2021, City Council adopted the Carbon Neutrality Plan, which calls for a fundamental shift in transportation that decreases dependence on cars, reduces vehicle miles traveled, and significantly shifts trips to walking, biking, and transit.