Walk Friendly Communities’ Community Assessment Tool

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Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or re-commit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program recognizes communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. The program is sponsored by FedEx as part of their commitment to improving road safety, operated by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and is supported by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), a national clearinghouse on bicycling and walking funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. A comprehensive Community Assessment Tool serves to both recognize existing walkable communities and provide a framework for communities seeking to improve their walkability. It is divided into eight sections, including: Community Profile, Status of Walking, Planning, Education and Environment, Engineering, Enforcement, Evaluation and Additional Questions. Communities are recognized for achieving high levels of walking and low levels of pedestrian crashes, as well as for making progress in achieving these two goals through policies, projects and programs. Applications for the WFC recognition program are accepted twice a year—June 15th and December 15th. To learn more and to submit an application, visit www.walkfriendly.org.