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There’s a need for interesting or important destinations within walking distance—and for information about accessing those destinations.

People outside BakeryAs obvious as it may seem, giving people a reason to walk plays a big part in whether they will walk in a particular neighborhood. Mixed-use neighborhoods (where residential space is near or mixed with retail and other commercial spaces) tend to support more walking than neighborhoods with only residential or commercial areas. For instance, a study by the University of Washington showed that walking increases based on factors such as the availability of (or distance to) various destinations such as grocery stores, eating and drinking establishments, and retail stores.

Additionally, people are unlikely to walk to destinations they don’t know exist. Providing wayfinding aides (such as signs, maps, and kiosks) to destinations throughout the city will encourage more people to walk.

Increasing the number and mix of destinations in an area can be a challenge, but funding, planning, education, equity, and encouragement tools can help. Tools that provide pedestrians with information about accessing destinations come from the education and encouragement toolboxes. Click here for more information.

Recommended Tools
Under each toolbox listed below, you have been directed to categories of tools. Selecting an individual category will link you to the tools from that category that can best be used to increase the mix and accessibility of destinations.

Design, Engineering, and Universal Access Tools
Walkable Zone
Landscape/Furniture Zone
Miscellaneous Development

Encouragement Tools
Media Campaigns and Strategies
Pedestrian Advocacy
Walking Programs
Built Environment and Infrastructure

Education Tools
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Additional Courses, Materials, and Programs

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