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Walk Friendly Communities Now Taking Applications

walkfriendlydesignation300The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) announces the opening of the sixth round of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) application process. Communities are able to submit applications to the program by visiting the Walk Friendly Communities website.

Applications are due by June. 15, 2013.

PBIC will soon be announcing the fifth round of Walk Friendly Communities. Currently, 33 communities nationwide have earned Walk Friendly status. The latest honorees will be announced later this month.

To assist applicants in collecting and preparing their responses, PBIC has released an interactive version of the application. This text version can be circulated among an application team to facilitate the internal review process prior to submission on June 15. All applications must still be submitted through the online application system by creating an account. Download the text version of the application.

WFC is a national recognition program to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for safe walking. Assessing the communities’ commitment to improve conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort, PBIC makes designations based on a Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level, and all communities receive detailed feedback on where and how they can improve. A list of current Walk Friendly Communities is available on the Walk Friendly Communities website.

Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx Corp. and the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, visit www.walkfriendly.org, or direct your questions to info@walkfriendly.org.
The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies.

At the core of the WFC program is a comprehensive assessment tool that evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. The assessment tool questions are intended to both evaluate conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity.
Modeled after the League of American Bicyclists’ “Bicycle Friendly Communities,” WFC distinguishes cities and towns that are leading the way in walkability. WFC is the first program to highlight communities for their walkability initiatives and programs, while also offering feedback to assist communities in improving walkability.