This spring Feet First Philly partnered with Temple University’s Office of Sustainability to bring a second walk audit certification to campus. Students who completed the introductory walk audit course were offered the opportunity to engage in a more focused qualitative walk audit concentrating on a single intersection instead of a corridor.
The virtual walk audit training emphasised in-depth analysis and learning about the study area through research on the walk audit location’s institutional actors, past current and future planning initiatives, demographics, and history. Working in groups students decided on an intersection of concern and gathered data evaluating five themes including crossing streets and Intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, safety, comfort and appeal. Students presented their rationale for choosing the study area, broke down their findings, and explored solutions to address the challenges they discovered.
Over the past two semesters undergraduate and graduate students from five diverse majors and disciplines collaborated to perform walk audits. Students learned how to address walkability concerns by learning different ways to become an active and engaged steward and citizen helping them develop into future civic leaders of Philadelphia. If you’re interested in learning more about walk audits and would like to host a walk audit in your neighborhood reach out to FeetFirstPhilly@cleanair.org or check out our virtual walk audit training.