Here you will find some helpful links for pedestrians.
For pedestrians in Philadelphia:
- Clean Air Council – A nonprofit organization protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air, and the sponsor of Feet First Philly
- City of Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Streets Department – Check out their initiatives regarding clean and safe streets!
- Mayor’s Office of Sustainability – Working toward making Philadelphia the greenest city in America
- Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation
- Get Healthy Philly Initiative and Philly Powered– Department of Public Health programs that encourage Philadelphians to embrace active, healthy lifestyles
- Philly311 – Report sidewalk, street, and other issues on this website run by the city government. Reports can also be made by phone or by using the 311 app.
- Philadelphia City Planning Commission
- Philadelphia2035 – Philadelphia’s comprehensive plan and citywide vision for the future, which is intended to guide development in a way that expands on- and off-street networks serving pedestrians, improve pedestrian safety, and reduce pedestrian crashes
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan – The city’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan provides recommendations to improve street design and pedestrian and bicycle facilities throughout the city.
- Complete Streets Handbook – This handbook contains specific guidelines for designing streets that accommodate all users, including pedestrians.
- PlanPhilly – Your one-stop resource for all things urban planning in Philadelphia
- Eyes on the Street – The blogging arm of PlanPhilly
- Commuter Connection PA – Provides resources to encourage healthier, more sustainable commuting by utilizing multi-modal transportation
- Pennsylvania Walks and Bikes – A Harrisburg-based organization dedicated to policies and legislation that make biking and walking safer and more enjoyable
Pedestrian advocacy programs in other cities:
- Active Transportation Alliance – “Chicagoland’s voice for better biking, walking and transit”
- California Walks
- Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance Walkability Initiative
- Feet First Seattle
- KanBikeWalk – “A non-profit, statewide organization whose mission is to promote a safe bicycling and walking environment for Kansans through education and advocacy”
- Los Angeles Walks
- MI Complete Streets
- New Mexico Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Initiative Program
National organizations, useful tools, and other resources:
- Alliance for Biking and Walking – “North America’s coalition of local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations”
- America Walks – “A national resource which fosters walkable communities by engaging, educating, and connecting walking advocates”
- – A national campaign to get people to walk to improve their health
- National Complete Streets Coalition – A program of Smart Growth USA working to promote complete streets
- Project for Public Spaces – “A nonprofit planning, design and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities” (in particular, see their “Streets as Places” Initiative, which aims to inspire policymakers, citizens, and others to design streets that improve quality of life by creating public spaces that serve the community)
- Safe Routes Now
- Smart Growth America – Advocates for people who want to live and work in great, walkable neighborhoods
- Sustainable Urbanism – “Walkable, transit-served urbanism integrated with high performance buildings and infrastructure”
- The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute – Provides workbooks and other tools for making communities more walkable
- Walkonomics – This website rates walkability based on open data and crowdsourcing.
- WalkScore – The WalkScore website rates a place’s walkability based on access to amenities. How well does your neighborhood score?
- Walksteps.org – Produced by America Walks and Sam Schwartz Engineering, this website features a plethora of steps that can be taken to improve walkability, as well as case studies detailing how these strategies have been successfully implemented. Users can compile a personalized set of walkability tactics in order to create guidelines for the best approach to achieving walkability in their communities.