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 …
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- 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.
Find this page again by using the URL AARP.org/WalkAudit.
Page updated June 2022
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