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.
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.
How to Get the Guides
Download the PDFs
Order the Free, Printed Guide
Email Fulfillment@AARP.org with the subject line: Walk Audit Tool Kit
In the email body include your name, complete mailing address and the "D" number of the guide or guides you're ordering.
- AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit (D20381)
- AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit Leader Guide (D20382)
(We can send one copy of each guide per request. Bulk orders will be considered. If seeking additional copies please explain why and identify the organization you are representing, if any.)
Page published 2016 | Updated February 2018