York, PA

Level: bronze
Population: 44,019
Population Density: 8,389/sq. mi.
Pedestrian Plan
Contact: Sydni Ann Baker
(717) 849 -7005

The City of York is a Bronze-level Walk Friendly Community due to excellent collaboration and partnerships, a built environment that supports walking, and excellent policy approaches.

  • The City collaborates and partners with a wide range of stakeholders and organizations including PennDOT, the Department of Health, and various committees devoted to safety and active transportation.
  • An assessment of walkability in York demonstrates that York performs well on a variety of walkability metrics, including the EPA Walkability Index, intersection density, proximity to transit stops and proximity to parks.
  • The City has excellent approaches to engaging the public in planning and other decisions, following a detailed public participation plan. One example is the “street meet,” which combines elements of a block party with outreach efforts to learn about community needs and interests.
  • WalkYork, an outgrowth of a Statewide health campaign, recruits community members to talk walks and help the community address priorities, increase safety, and support walk-to-school programs.
  • The City works proactively with its transit agency to implement bus stop design standards that improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians.