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Creating Pedestrian-Friendly Streets

A webinar about legal and practical issues

Child Care & Schools
Healthy Neighborhoods

How can we make streets more walkable? And how can communities address legal issues that may emerge, especially around liability?

On September 22, we hosted a webinar on key practical and legal considerations involved in creating pedestrian-friendly streets. We discussed policy tools that can make walkable streets the default in your community, including our new directory filled with examples of codes from communities across the country.

Senior Staff Attorney Sara Zimmerman and NPLAN Deputy Director Manel Kappagoda explained the legal issues invoved with making streets streets safer and more comfortable for pedestrians. Guest presenter Scott Bricker, the Executive Director of America Walks, offered success stories, challenges, and tips from communities nationwide. He also presented data from a recent national survey on walking habits and shared how this information can be used in advocacy campaigns.

Webinar Recording and Slides


National Walking Survey by America Walks: If we as a society are to reap the multiple benefits of walking – physical, emotional, social, and environmental – then it is critically important to learn about the determinants of walking. Why do some people walk? Why do other people not walk? This study aims to understand the underlying motivations for why people walk.

Pedestrian Friendly Code Directory: NPLAN’s pedestrian friendly code directory demonstrates how zoning and subdivision codes can create streets and neighborhoods that are safe, comfortable, and convenient for pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists, providing examples of codes from across the country that require or encourage key design elements for pedestrian friendly communities.

Safe Routes to Streets (SRTS): NPLAN’s factsheets and other resources on minimizing liability in SRTS programs provide assurance regarding the low risk of liability associated with SRTS programs and easy steps to minimize risks.