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Record the following for your walk survey area: Day of week: _________ Time of observations: ___________ Street

(s) ______________________ County _____________________ City/Town ___________________________
Rate each section of street and intersection along the way for each criterion below. Describe the location on the line (intersection/address/landmark…).

Section 1: _______________________________________ Crossing the Street Sidewalks Driver Behavior Safety Comfort and Appeal Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good Good Good Good Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor

Observations

Section 2: _______________________________________ Crossing the Street Sidewalks Driver Behavior Safety Comfort and Appeal Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good Good Good Good Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor

Section 3: _______________________________________ Crossing the Street Sidewalks Driver Behavior Safety Comfort and Appeal Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good Good Good Good Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor

Section 4: _______________________________________ Crossing the Street Sidewalks Driver Behavior Safety Comfort and Appeal Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good Good Good Good Fair Fair Fair Fair Fair Poor Poor Poor Poor Poor

Overall Rating for entire area:
Additional questions/comments:

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Thank you! Name: _____________________ Email: _______________________

The purpose for this observational walk is to access at the street at the pedestrian level. Evaluating the street environment at the human level gives a stronger appreciation for the needs of people on foot, bike, or taking the bus. In particular, we are looking for what might be a major restriction or problem for a child, senior citizen, or people with short or long-term disabilities. If you donʼt fall into any of those categories yourself, you might try tying your shoelaces tightly together and attempting to cross the street or navigate broken or disconnected sidewalks to better access those needs. The criteria for this walking audit has been adapted from information at the AARP and Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center websites. Some observations under each that you might look for: • Crossing the Street: Does the crossing have a signal? Is it timed? Audible? Is there enough time to allow people to comfortable cross? How long is the wait for the ped signal to change? Is there a crosswalk? How many lanes does a person on foot need to cross at once? Are there perceived, or actual, restrictions? Facilities: Are there intentional sidewalks, paths or shoulders for people on foot? If there are sidewalks, are they continuous? Are they broken or cracked? Are there ramps for wheelchairs, strollers and wagons? Are they ADA compliant? Are there bike lanes? Or a nearby pathway? Are the sidewalks/bike lanes/paths blocked with poles, signs, debris, low hanging tree branches, parked cars, etc.? Are there any desire lines (paths created by heavy use)? Is there a buffer between motorized traffic and people walking or riding bikes? Driver Behavior: Are drivers obeying stop signs, traffic signals, and the speed limit? Are drivers stopping for pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks? Are drivers blocking the crosswalk at intersections when they stop? Safety: Are car speeds intimidating? Is there a constant flow of traffic? Are drivers distracted (example, using cell phone)? Does the area feel safe (is there suspicious activity, unleashed dogs)? Does the design, including signage, communicate clearly to all users? Is there clear design for people on bicycles? Comfort and Appeal: Are there trees? Is there any landscaping? Are there benches and places for people to rest? Are there any public amenities like bathrooms or water fountains? Is there a bus stop? Does the bus stop have a shelter? Is it connected to a sidewalk? Is there human scaled lighting? Are there any run-down buildings?

How to rate excellent, good, fair, and poor: • • • • Excellent: Area is very walk-friendly and safe Good: Area is moderately walk-friendly and safe Fair: Area is somewhat walk-friendly and safe Poor: Area is not walk-friendly or safe

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