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Walking Maps

Walking maps serve many purposes and feature destinations ranging from commercial and cultural attractions to amenities such as restrooms and water fountains. They build geographical knowledge, encourage people to experience places on foot, and provide alternative walking routes. Thematic maps target narrower interests, perhaps highlighting downtown antique shops, architecturally significant structures, historical sites, or safe routes to schools. For example, Feet First, a nonprofit organization working to make the Puget Sound region more walkable, has developed a number of walking maps for Seattle neighorhoods, including a Central District map featuring dozens of historically relevant sites in this traditionally African American community.

Walking maps should include the following elements:

  • Schools, parks, libraries, community centers, playgrounds, farmers’ markets, and other neighborhood destinations
  • Practical amenities such as public restrooms, water fountains, and police stations
  • Routes residents might not know about (walking trails, community gardens, staircases)
  • Viewpoints and benches
  • Distance between destinations (in miles or time)
  • Traffic signal and crosswalk locations
  • Mass transit stops
  • Car share locations

Sample Walking Maps:

Walking Map Sample

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