- Walk Friendly Communities’ Community Assessment Tool
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.
- The Imagining Livability Design Collection: A Visual Portfolio of Tools and Transformations
Published by AARP Livable Communities and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WLCI) in 2015, The Imagining Livability Design Collection describes some of the most common tools and treatments for creating age-friendly environments. The report includes a “before” image of a place that needs improvements to make it more walkable, bike friendly and livable. From there, a vision is developed for how the location could look. The transformation photovisions help community members and local leaders imagine what’s possible, develop a shared vision for the future and act upon that vision. Short-term, mid-range and long-range projects are addressed, as well as planning and policy tools like Complete Streets, Form-Based Codes, Health Impact Assessments and Placemaking. Transformations featured include Rural and Local Roads, Small-Town Main Streets, Suburban Streets and Commercial Strips, Urban Streets and Downtowns and Back Streets and Underused Spaces.
- Model Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Land Use Regulations
These model regulations were developed in 2006 by the Central Savannah River Area Regional Development Council in Savannah, GA. They provide a guide for local governments looking for model policies and language to produce local regulations to create more bike and pedestrian friendly communities.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning and Design Best Practices Resource Guide
This resource guide from Metro Plan Orlando was produced in 2016. It is a guide that seeks to help municipalities develop new or alternative development codes to improve conditions for walking and biking. It offers specific cross sections and design features for improving bicycle infrastructure.
- CRCOG Model Sustainable Land Use Regulations
CRCOG’s innovative booklet of Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations equips towns with model regulatory language covering ten specific topic areas. Some regulations include language specific to bike and pedestrian infrastructure. The project, funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, also included the creation of renderings to help communities visualize the physical impact of implementing the regulations. The visualizations were created for urban, suburban and rural communities at both a bird’s eye and street-level view. Click here to access: specific regulations by topic, the complete compendium of regulations, the accompanying visualizations and a video about the project.
- Manchester, CT Form Based Zoning Code
Manchester, CT’s form based code was adopted into the town’s zoning regulations in March 2012. They provide an example zoning regulation to create a walkable, mixed use development on an infill site near downtown Manchester as they regulate neighborhood design such as the width of streets and sidewalks and the placement of buildings in relation to the street.
- Boston Complete Streets: Design Guidelines 2013
A product of a unique city-wide stakeholder collaboration, the City of Boston’s Transportation Department developed guidelines for the future of streets in one of the nation’s first and most diverse cityscapes. With a strategic vision of designing a Complete Streets model that works for a city with distinctive people, places, and needs in mind, Boston looks forward to integrating multi-modal design to make streets safe and accessible for all users, to make streets greener through investment in energy efficiency, landscaping and low impact surfaces, and to make streets smart through development of information infrastructure to improve the public’s mobility and experiences. The report includes detailed information, complete with graphics, schematics, and proposed zoning policy considerations.
Additional information is available at: http://bostoncompletestreets.org