A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities


U.S. Department of Transportation

This guide provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety. It includes information, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about issues that affect walking conditions; find ways to address or prevent these problems; and promote pedestrian safety.

The Resource Sheets at the end of the guide contain fact sheets, worksheets, and sample materials—these materials can be adapted to meet the needs of your community, or distributed to others working to improve pedestrian safety. The guide provides a thorough introduction to pedestrian safety and includes many references to other resources and materials for those interested in more
in-depth information.

Pedestrian-friendly communities have many benefits, including:

  • Safer environments for walking and bicycling, which means you are less likely to be in a traffic collision or get injured.
  • Better access to more places, providing more choices in how you can get to your destinations so you don’t have to rely on having a car. 
  • More opportunities to be physically active, which can improve your health and overall quality of life.
  • Opportunities for everyone, which includes a walking environment that accommodates people with disabilities.

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