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Introduction

The positive consequences of walking as either a healthy mode of transportation or as recreational activity span across many aspects of our lives. They can be expressed in terms of either environmental or individual health. A transportation system conducive to walking can provide benefits of reduced traffic congestion and improved quality of life. Economic rewards both to the individual and to society are also realized through reduced health care costs and reduced dependency on auto ownership (and the resulting insurance and maintenance costs). There are also other economic benefits of bicycling and walking that are more difficult to measure, such as the increased economic vitality of communities that have emphasized bicycle and pedestrian mobility. Finally, walkable communities create a more equitable society that provides transportation choices for all citizens.

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The equity, health, and environment toolbox is comprised of six sections:

  1. Assessment Tools—Tools include checklists, audits, and surveys that can be used to evaluate current or future conditions.
  2. Campaigns & Outreach Tools—Tools that promote community engagement and provide information to the wide range of people and interests represented in Seattle.
  3. Programs—Tools or strategies for increasing walking by addressing community challenges related to equity, health, and/or the environment.
  4. Standards—Development and adherence to standards ensures equity as well as good stewardship.
  5. Data Sets & Measurement Tools—Tools can be used to determine impacts of changes on various populations and locations as well as to track projects and infrastructure development.
  6. Resources & Organizations—Tools include City funds and offices that promote equitable access to resources.

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