Walkable Communities Are Safe Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)
This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here.
Walkable communities work to address safety as it relates to the built environment as well as other concerns, such as street harassment and violence. Efforts to create safe places for people to be physically active and to encourage the use of walking as a viable transportation option promote safety for people who walk as well as the community as a whole. The development of safe spaces for walking can have the added benefit of engaging stakeholders including law enforcement, elected officials and other community activists around broader safety concerns.
This section will:
- Provide talking points and messaging tools to talk about how building safe, walkable spaces offers benefits that extend throughout a community;
- Share tools, resources, and examples of ways that the creation of safe, walkable communities can be used to address issues of equity;
- Demonstrate the strength of safe walkable communities in promoting equity and address existing disparities.
Social Justice Toolkit Resources
The resources below were created by the Every Body Walk! Collaborative in support of this Toolkit. To provide feedback on these resources, please click here.
The resources below are existing resources that relate to the work discussed in this section. To submit a resource to be included in this section, please click here.
- A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking: Comprehensive guide that includes facts, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about traffic problems that affect pedestrians and bicyclists and to find ways to help address these problems.
- Using Safe Routes to School to Combat the Threat of Violence: Identifies specific actions that can combat violence and support safe routes to school.
- Safe Routes to Parks: The NRPA Safe Routes to Parks guide provides professionals with tools and research to ensure parks are safe and accessible to all users.
- Case Study: Community Safety Partnership- Collaboration for Safer Neighborhoods: Description of the creation and implementation of Community Safety Partnership in Watts, CA to address the “need for large-scale, systemic changes in order to promote community safety.”
- Make Streets Safer and More Accessible for Poor, People of Color, Disabled and Kids: Part of a walking equity series that highlights examples of community actions to promote walking in underserved communities and campaigns that can help support these efforts.