CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, June 21, 2022—The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) recognizes twenty-three cities and towns from across the U.S. for prioritizing pedestrians and creating safe and inviting places to walk. The WFC designation is awarded based on a detailed review of a community’s sustained efforts to elevate the needs of pedestrians across all areas of transportation programs. These communities also offer examples of steps that other cities and towns can take to improve walkability and safety.
Included among the designated communities are Arlington County, Virginia, and New York City, New York, with Platinum-level designations for their activities. WFC also issued four Gold-level, four Silver-level, and 13 Bronze-level designations.
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, May 4, 2021—The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) recognized U.S. cities for their commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. These designations demonstrate a sustained commitment to prioritizing people on foot.
The Walk Friendly Community designations include Gold-level recognition for Decatur, GA, and Madison, WI. Bronze-level designations were given to Roswell, GA, and renewed for Columbia, SC; Arcata, CA, and New Orleans, LA.
With travel limited and in-person training and conferences off the table for now, we’re compiling a running list of online training, networking and learning opportunities related to walking and pedestrian safety.
The Walk Friendly Communities program, now celebrating its tenth year with support from FedEx, recognizes cities throughout the United States for high levels of commitment to pedestrian safety. The program works to encourage walkable cities and towns by raising awareness of those who are promoting walkability and by educating decision-makers through resources and detailed feedback.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., August 28, 2019—The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) recognized three U.S. cities for their commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. The Walk Friendly Community designations include a Platinum-level designation for Portland, Oregon, only the fourth community to receive that honor. Both Burlington, Vermont, and Bellevue, Washington, were recognized as Silver-level Walk Friendly Communities. Continue reading New Walk Friendly Communities Recognized→
For decades, Portland, Oregon, has been at the forefront of providing safe and efficient transportation options for residents. Long known as a great biking city, it is now recognized as an inviting walking city and a Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., April 16, 2019— The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) celebrated its ten-year anniversary with designations for four communities, recognizing their commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. The designations include a Platinum-level designation for San Francisco, CA, only the third community to receive that honor. Continue reading New Cities Recognized with Walk Friendly Designation→
Walk Friendly Communities are supported by ambitious and comprehensive plans that tie together their activities to improve their streets. One example of an innovative plan is Hartford, CT’s iQuilt plan, which focuses on the connection between walkability and livability. The iQuilt plan aims to enrich the city through creation of a vibrant, appealing pedestrian network that weaves together the city’s cultural assets. Federal grants have helped the city achieve major objectives in this plan, and implementation of many building blocks of the plan is proceeding in Hartford.
Why Walk Friendly: The Active Living Conference convenes representatives from the realms of public health, transportation and beyond on issues relevant to expanding opportunities to bring active transportation and physical activity into everyday life. Walking is critical to healthy, active communities, and this conference is sure to produce big takeaways from both research and practice.
Why Walk Friendly: Historic, compact downtowns and neighborhoods are some of the most walkable places nationwide and are common in communities of all sizes. The Main Street Now Conference draws from the fields of planning, historic preservation, economic development and government staff/council members for engaging information exchange around enhancing these important districts. Continue reading Walk Friendly Communities on the Road→