Case Studies

Case Studies

Walkable Town on the Prairie

America Walks is pleased to be able to offer access to the latest article by Jay Walljasper, Walkable Town on the Prairie. The article looks at how the community of Albert Lea, MN is embracing a healthy lifestyles including walking are not just priorities for big cities. The town of 18,000 has been working towards the goal … Continue reading Walkable Town on the Prairie

What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere

America Walks is pleased to be able to offer access to the latest article by Jay Walljasper, What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere. The article highlights the growing trend of suburban leaders recognizing the power of walkable spaces to attract young people, families and businesses to their communities.  Jay examines Arlington County, VA, named one of … Continue reading What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere

San Francisco: Executive Directive

For being such a compact, walkable city, San Francisco was surprisingly dangerous for pedestrians. More than 3,500 pedestrians were injured in the city between the years of 2005 and 2008. The figure amounted to more than 800 annual average pedestrian injuries a year—more than 100 of which were severe or fatal injuries. San Francisco’s city … Continue reading San Francisco: Executive Directive

Chicago: Pedestrian Advisory Council

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley created the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC) in 2006 after learning that the city of Chicago had the third-highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the country. (Until then, regular safety-data analyses performed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning did not include pedestrian safety.) MPAC is co-chaired by the … Continue reading Chicago: Pedestrian Advisory Council

France: Prioritize Pedestrians

Inspired by Belgium’s 2004 street code, France adapted its street code in 2008 to reflect the philosophy that all street users should be able to move about safely, no matter their age, physical abilities, or mode of travel. The updated street code instituted a general principle of prudence, specifying that each street user must show … Continue reading France: Prioritize Pedestrians

Denver: Pedestrian Master Plan

Denver created a 2004 Pedestrian Master Plan as a response to previous citywide planning documents. Its 2000 Comprehensive Plan directed the city to provide more transportation choices and encourage modes that reduced impacts on urban environments. Blueprint Denver, which followed a year later, referred to the pedestrian environment as the city’s primary transportation element and … Continue reading Denver: Pedestrian Master Plan

Seattle: Performance Measures

Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan specified performance measures for each of its four main goals. Performance measures for its safety goal to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving pedestrians include: The rate of crashes involving pedestrians Vehicle speeds along identified corridors School participation in pedestrian-safety, education, and encouragement programs The incidence of safe behaviors by drivers and pedestrian, … Continue reading Seattle: Performance Measures

Minnesota: Integrating Accessibility

In 2002, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) realized that its response to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was due for an update. The department’s original needs assessment and retrofit of curb ramps needed upgrading, the department still lacked an ADA Transition Plan, and the Access Board had just released … Continue reading Minnesota: Integrating Accessibility

Minnesota: Complete Streets

The Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition has had remarkable success: Minnesota passed a Complete Streets policy in 2008 and then turned Complete Streets language into law in 2010. To date, 25 communities within the state have adopted Complete Streets policies. The Coalition’s success can be traced to the strength of its partnerships, which it has cultivated … Continue reading Minnesota: Complete Streets

Washington: Health Impact Assessments

The Clark County, WA, Public Health Department collaborated with the Department of Community Planning to conduct a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Adopted in 2010, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan identifies policies and projects to facilitate cycling and walking. The planning and public-health departments conducted an … Continue reading Washington: Health Impact Assessments