Walk Audit ToolKit

A self-service guide for assessing a community’s walkability.

by AARP

In too many communities, people can’t safely walk to where they need or want to go due to a lack of sidewalks, crosswalks, or other safety features that make streets safe for pedestrians and drivers.

A walk audit is a simple activity in which an individual or a team observes and evaluates the walkability of a location to document how and if pedestrians can safely travel along a street, navigate an intersection, and get from point A to B, C, and so on.

Who can conduct a walk audit? Anyone!

The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit can be used by local leaders, advocates, community organizations, and residents to …

• enable people to get around without having to drive
• help reduce traffic congestion and pollution
• inspire the development of pedestrian-friendly streets
• increase exercise opportunities for people of all ages
• gather input about community infrastructure needs
• educate residents about street design elements that support safety
• encourage social interactions among neighbors
• give a boost to property values
• empower community leaders and residents to be the agents of needed change

Attached document published January 2023

About the Author


AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members, plus offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families, with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. The AARP Livable Communities initiative works nationwide to support the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties and rural areas to be livable for people of all ages.

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