Walkability Wins – Part Fourteen

Kids drawing on sidewalk with chalk

A new roundup of Walkability Wins. This week we’re showcasing the movement by highlighting more places across the country advancing pedestrian-friendly agendas.


MaineDOT is working to provide safer streets and paths for walking and biking by creating its first-ever active transportation plan. The plan includes working on multi-use paths in rural areas and vibrant, walkable downtown areas in cities.

Oakmont, PA

Funds from the Pennsylvania Multimodal Transportation Fund program will be used to upgrade pedestrian infrastructure around Tenth Street Elementary School. These improvements include ADA-compliant infrastructure that will create better awareness for the school crossing.

Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville is using the latest technology to upgrade their pedestrian signals. An app called Polara app is being used to provide audio-enhanced pedestrian signals for those who are visually impaired. Charlottesville is upgrading their signals so that people can use their smartphones to let them know when it is safe to cross. These upgrades coincide with improvements to pedestrian signals with audio indicators to let them know how much time they have to cross.

Atlanta, GA

Several elected officials, including U.S. Senators Jon Ossfof and Raphael Warnock, announced Atlanta will receive $30 million in federal money from the bipartisan infrastructure Safe Streets for All program to upgrade a bike and pedestrian path in downtown Atlanta. The path will not only help connect the BeltLine but also communities that have some of Atlanta’s most dangerous streets.

United States

Mayors Innovation Project, Smart Growth America, and AARP have created and selected nine mayors across the country to join the inaugural cohort of the Mayor’s Institute on Pedestrian Safety. The goal is to address record numbers of pedestrian fatalities across the country.

To catch up on previous installments of Walkability Wins, visit our blog. Have a win? Send it to us: social@americawalks.org.