Walking in Philadelphia

Feet First Philly is a pedestrian advocacy program sponsored by the Clean Air Council.  The program aims to raise awareness of issues facing pedestrians in the City of Philadelphia, improve the pedestrian environment, protect the rights of pedestrians, and encourage walking as a mode of transportation, as well as for exercise and recreation.  FFP is founded on the principles espoused by the city’s comprehensive plan (Philadelphia2035) and other pedestrian-oriented initiatives.

Philadelphia is planning for a healthier city by changing design standards to make the city more pedestrian-friendly.  Philadelphia2035 includes plans for complete streets (which are roadways that accommodate all modes of transportation) and other ways of capitalizing on the walkability of the city, including creating a network of trails that connects residential areas with parks and makes the waterfronts more accessible.  The Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan also aims to improve walking and biking in the city, and the Get Healthy Philly initiative encourages increasing physical activity in daily living.  One of the easiest ways to do so is by incorporating walking into your routine.

Using these plans as a guide, Feet First Philly is undertaking initiatives to improve the pedestrian environment.  The program also aims to bring together concerned citizens, planners, and other professionals to create a forum for anyone who has an interest in promoting walking.  All who are interested in the program are encouraged to attend the meetings, held at the Clean Air Council offices on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 pm.  Attendees are invited to air their concerns and become involved in our projects. [NOTE: There will be no meeting for the month of September.]

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