Walkability Checklist

WALKABILITY CHECKLIST

Online Interactive Tools || Organizations || Online Resources || Publications

  ONLINE INTERACTIVE TOOLS

  • Pedestrian Environment Data Scan (PEDS) Tool (University of Maryland) The PEDS instrument www.activelivingresearch.org/node/10641 was developed to measure environmental features that relate to walking in varied environments in the US. It is an adaptation of SPACES  to the US environment, focusing solely on the pedestrian environment.
  • Walk Score helps you calculate a Walk Score for any address to find a walkable place to live.

  ORGANIZATIONS AND AGENCIES PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCEwalking-oldfolks-sm 

  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)  is a national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement, and the health community.
  • National Center for Safe Routes to School provides steps to enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school.
  • BikeTexas pedestrian program applications BikeTexas programs and services address biking walking issues for children and adults in Texas communities, including support for establishing Bike and Walk to School or Work days. The BikeTexas 2010 Benchmarking program will help communities across the state know where they stand in terms of infrastructure for active transportation.

   ONLINE TOOLS

  • Active Living Resource Center Audit Tools for Communities are funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote walking and other active living pursuits in American communities.
  • Analytic Audit Tool and Checklist Audit Tool (St. Louis University) The Analytic and Checklist Audit Tools were developed to measure features of the street-scale environment related to recreational- and transportation-based physical activity.
  • Systematic Pedestrian and Cycling Environmental Scan (SPACES) Instrument (The University of Western Australia) SPACES is a comprehensive instrument that is designed to measure the physical environmental factors that may influence walking and cycling in local neighborhoods.
  • Twin Cities Walking Survey (University of Minnesota) The Twin Cities Walking Survey is a compilation of measures from various sources to measure quality of life, physical activity, perceptions of neighborhood environment, psychosocial predictors of physical activity, demographics, and bike/ped safety.
  • Irvine Minnesota Inventory (University of California, Irvine; University of Minnesota) The Irvine Minnesota Inventory can be used to facilitate in-person measurement of a broad range of built environment characteristics that are potentially linked to active living.
  • Measurement Instrument for Urban Design Quantities Related to Walkability (University of Maryland) The Measurement Instrument for Urban Design Quantities provides operational definitions and measurement protocols for five urban design qualities of streetscapes.
  • Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA) Instrument (University of Houston) The PARA instrument is a brief, one-page instrument to systematically document and describe the type, features, amenities, quality and incivilities of a variety of physical activity resources.

  MEGAZINES, NEWSLETTERS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • BikeTexas Today is monthly e-newsletter is sent to members; newsletter articles on bike safety and access are then posted on the website at www.biketexas.org.