After driving, walking is the most popular mode of transportation in the United States. However, in many towns, cities and neighborhoods, the only way to get around is by car because walking is just too dangerous.
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The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit has been created to help individuals, groups and local leaders assess the walkability of the sidewalks and streets in their community.
The walk audit download provides step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, public safety and more. Since the survey is user-directed, the walk audit can take as little or as much time as desired by, say, spending 15 minutes at one busy corner or devoting several hours to documenting several roadways in a neighborhood.
The documented results can be shared with elected officials and other local leaders when advocating for such safe streets features as sidewalks, crosswalks and properly timed traffic lights.
The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit Leader Guide shown below describes how to plan for and manage a larger-scale community walk audit and workshop event.
Learn How to Make Your Community More Walkable
Information about walking
- Read about efforts to make America more walkable
- Check out the "2014 Dangerous by Design Report"
- Use Smart Growth America's pedestrian fatalities map
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Page updated October 2016