Raleigh, NC

Level: silver
Population: 464,758
Population Density: 3,136 / sq mi
Pedestrian Plan
Program Website
Contact: Bee Persson

Raleigh, NC, is a Silver-level Walk Friendly Community due to strong policy measures that support walkability, connections to a city-wide greenway system, and supportive programs that encourage walking.

  • The City’s pedestrian program, WalkRaleigh, is leading numerous initiatives that support the development of a safe, connected pedestrian environment. These include the development of new sidewalks, comprehensive planning, and public-facing channels that facilitate participation and engagement.
  • Raleigh devotes staff positions to active transportation and pedestrian programs, specifically, to ensure that their departments have resources needed to properly plan and prioritize projects that enhance the walking environment.
  • The Sidewalk Petition Program is a unique approach to filling gaps in the pedestrian network. The process lets residents easily communicate sidewalk needs to the City and establishes achievable thresholds for gathering resident support for sidewalk development. Approved projects are integrated into the City’s ongoing program to develop and build new sidewalks. Sections smaller than 300 feet are funneled into the City’s MicroGap program to fill as part of routine maintenance.
  • Complementing the City’s sidewalk network is a system of greenways that supports multimodal transportation. More than 100 miles of greenways help connect residents to key destinations like parks, schools, work and other services.
  • The City established a foundation of development policies that are supportive of creating walkable streets through its Unified Development Ordinance, which has been modified and updated to reflect the latest priorities of the City.