Early 2015: WalkAustin is accelerating its efforts. Leadership is regrouping and the organization is expanding. Look for frequent new developments.
Austin is a nationally recognized leader as a pedestrian friendly city – a city with a safe and enjoyable pedestrian environment that encourages people of all ages and abilities to walk as an integral part of their daily lives.
WalkAustin works to move Austin toward a culture of pedestrianism as a transportation mode throughout the city. We aim to make pedestrianism enjoyable, healthy, and safe by collaborating with community and city leaders to improve policy, programs, and infrastructure.
Projects and Initiatives (not listed in order of priority)
• Legal rights and enforcement – increase safety of people who walk in Austin;
• Start a pedestrian advocacy coalition;
• Advocate for walkability in all applicable city codes and standards, including promoting the Great Streets Program of the City of Austin;
• Utilize technology and mapping for education and policy change;
• Promote and educate on the Safe Routes to School program;
• Promote health and other benefits of walking (including economic) and develop an outreach campaign;
• Pursue and support projects that are inclusive of all socio-economic groups; and,
• Create a pedestrian advisory council and/or strengthen the existing Urban Transportation Commission’s Bike and Pedestrian Subcommittee. (DONE)