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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 questions are intended to both assess conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity.

 

Walk Friendly Communities program seeks pilot towns

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In preparation for the national launch of Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is seeking up to 5 communities to pilot test the latest online draft of the WFC assessment tool.

Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program developed by PBIC to encourage towns and cities across the U.S. to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments. The WFC program will recognize communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. The program will officially be launched in the fall of 2010. For more information, please visit www.walkfriendly.org.

In order to ready the WFC program for a national release, and to ensure that the program can be a comprehensive tool for all communities, PBIC is seeking communities for pilot testing. Initial pilot tests were held in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Orlando, Florida, and Davidson, North Carolina, to revise the assessment tool and provide a foundation for the program. The second round of pilot testing will test the usability of the online application and submission mechanisms. Pilot testing will involve the assessment of your community through completion and submission of the latest version of the WFC assessment tool.

Why Participate?

Get recognized: Communities who participate in pilot testing will be recognized for their efforts and will automatically be evaluated in the first round of WFC awards once the program is launched nationally.

Technical assistance is available: Experienced staff members at PBIC are committed to assisting communities who take on the responsibility of pilot testing. In the event that you need technical assistance or other guidance in completing the application, you can contact the developers of the program for help. In some cases, your question will be relayed to one of the many expert consultants and partners that provided input for the current assessment tool.

Set the bar: Pilot testing provides a unique opportunity to set the bar for pedestrian safety and walkability for other communities around the country.

Take the next step: Learn what your community can do to address different pedestrian safety issues. By volunteering to pilot test the WFC program, you will play a crucial role in the development of a program that will become an important national tool for the evaluation and assessment of walkability around the country.

To be considered for the second round of pilot testing, please submit the following information to Dan Gelinne via email at gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu by Tuesday, July 20, 2010:

Name of Community
Contact Information: Provide the name of the key contact person(s), name of organization, mailing address, phone, fax, and email.
Community Description: Provide some basic demographic information for your community.
Pilot Community Goals: Please describe why your community would like to be considered for pilot testing. Please also include a description of commitment and ability to complete the application process.
Planning Documents and Resources: Provide your community's pedestrian plan using a Web link or email attachment. Include any other relevant documents - such as comprehensive plans, design guidelines, or pedestrian-specific policies - that address pedestrian safety and walkability.
All submissions must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 20, 2010. To submit the proposal electronically, please email the electronic version in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Dan Gelinne at gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu
If you have any questions, please contact:
Carl Sundstrom, 919-962-4963, sundstrom@hsrc.unc.edu
Dan Gelinne, 919-962-8703, gelinne@hsrc.unc.edu


Since its inception in 1999, PBIC's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Campus Box 3430
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430
Toll Free 888-823-3997
www.walkinginfo.org
www.bicyclinginfo.org

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