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AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

Learn how to assess and report on the safety and walkability of a street, intersection or neighborhood — and inspire needed change

The front and back covers of the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit

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The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit publication is available in print or as a PDF download. The worksheets (see box below) are available as PDF downloads.

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The 28-page print edition of the AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit includes a back pocket for storing worksheets.

Publication number: D20381

In too many communities, people can’t safely walk to where they need or want to go due to a lack sidewalks, crosswalks or other safety features that make streets safe for pedestrians and drivers.

A walk audit is a simple activity in which an individual or a team observes and evaluates the walkability of a location to document how and if pedestrians can safely travel along a street, navigate an intersection and get from point A to B, C and so on.

Who can conduct a walk audit? Anyone!

The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit can be used by local leaders, advocates, community organizations and residents to …

The Free Worksheets

The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit's worksheets can be downloaded, printed and shared. Select the needed worksheet(s) or download the complete collection.

  • inspire the development of pedestrian-friendly streets

  • gather input about community infrastructure needs

  • help reduce traffic congestion and pollution

  • educate residents about street design elements that support safety

  • increase exercise opportunities for people of all ages

  • encourage social interactions among neighbors

  • enable people to get around without having to drive

  • give a boost to property values

  • empower community leaders and residents to be the agents of needed change

The tool kit publication provides step-by-step instructions and checklists for examining intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, public safety and more.

Since the walk audit survey is user-directed, it 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.

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Page updated June 2022

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