Complete Streets and Walkability

News

It's Sneckdown Season: What Cities Can Learn from Snow-Covered Streets (1/18/18). Sneckdowns, "traffic patterns in new snowfall that highlight unused roadspace" provide planners and pedestrian advocates insights into the opportunities for improving a community's walkability.

Why walkable streets are more economically productive (1/18/18). Economic data shows how building towns and cities for pedestrians is better for the economy than focusing on car movement, and applies to large and small communities anywhere in the country.

Complete Streets

National Complete Streets Coalition. Offers training and resources for communities to craft, pass and implement regulations, laws or executive orders that make roadways safe for multiple modes of transportation, including biking, walking and driving. Is funded by a diverse group of organizations.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership. A network of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding, and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.

Smart Growth America. An advocacy and technical assistance organization dedicated to real estate development that is centered around urban infill, transit, and complete streets.

Walking

Pedestrians First: A New Tool for Walkable Cities (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, 2018). A tool to facilitate the understanding and measurement of the features that promote walkability at multiple levels.

Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit (Federal Transit Administration, 2017). An FTA resource to help planners maximize safety and access to public transit resources.

America Walks. A national pedestrian/walkability organization with links to local and regional walking and biking advocacy groups.

Federal Highway Administration, “bicycle and pedestrian” web page. Provides resources on the topics of funding, legislation, and guidance.

National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Provides technical assistance and training for communities that wish to improve and expand the opportunities for walking and biking.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The umbrella program for BicyclingInfo.org and WalkingInfo.org.

Walk Friendly Communities. A national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments; funded by private and public sources.