Project for Sidewalks and Streets Survey

The Basic Steps

Step 1: Recruit People To Do A Survey

Start with friends and neighbors. It’s helpful to include someone with a physical challenge (e.g., someone using a walker, wheelchair or cane, or even someone who pushes a baby stroller). That will help you get a true sense of an area’s walkability.

Step 2: Review the Survey

See the Sidewalks and Streets Survey, below.

Step 3: Identify Your Route

Map out a logical walking route in your community, ideally one that would take you and your neighbors to and from where you need to go. This could be in your own neighborhood or one surrounding your local faith-based group or senior center.

Step 4: Get Ready

Gather the following materials:

  • Street maps
  • Clipboards, notepaper, pens and disposable or digital cameras (all important for documenting what needs to be improved)
  • Comfortable walking shoes and, if needed, a hat and sunscreen
  • Choose a date and time for the Survey.

4,280 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in 2010 in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Step 5: Conduct the Survey and Rate Your Route

Print out and bring surveys and materials for each member of your group. Conduct the survey and see how your community stacks up.

Step 6: Take Action: Help Your Community Become More Walkable

After you’ve rated your walk and identified problem areas, review “Take Action: How to Improve Your Community’s Rating” and work with your group to agree on and take action.

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