CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina, May 13, 2020—The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) recognized Ten U.S. Cities for their commitment to prioritize pedestrians and create safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. The Walk Friendly Community designations include Gold-level recognition for Boulder, Colorado; Charlottesville, Virginia; Evanston, Illinois; and Somerville, Massachusetts.
These communities showcase the bold steps that cities and towns can take to prioritize people on foot. Communities recognized by the Walk Friendly Communities program include.
Lee’s Summit, MO
WFC is a national recognition program developed to encourage cities and towns across the United States to develop and support walking environments with an emphasis on safety, mobility, access and comfort. Sponsored by FedEx and managed by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), the program distinguishes communities leading the way in walkability and seeks to share their stories to inspire other communities to move toward their own innovative solutions. In the 11 years since the program began, it has recognized 76 cities across 32 States with Walk Friendly designations.
“These cities are showcasing what a commitment to pedestrian safety and walkability looks like,” said Dan Gelinne, WFC program manager. “We’re encouraged to see a focus on elevating the needs of those on foot. These communities are demonstrating that both small towns and large urban areas can take steps to prioritize walking in the transportation system.”
Cities and towns interested in joining the ranks of Walk Friendly Communities are encouraged to submit an application. The next round of applications is open now, and submissions are due by June 15, 2020. Interested communities are encouraged to visit www.walkfriendly.org to learn more about the program and review the application process.
“FedEx is very proud to sponsor the Walk Friendly Communities program. As part of our FedEx Cares commitment, this program has had a far-reaching impact across the United States in making communities safer for pedestrians,” said Jenny Robertson, vice president, FedEx Corporate Communications.
According to Jonathan Leist, Town Manager, “We are thrilled to make this list and receive national recognition for our efforts towards making Culver more accessible for pedestrians! I would like to recognize the Culver Plan Commission, Town Council, Redevelopment Commission, MACOG, the Indiana State Department of Health, Troyer Group, our park superintendent Amber Cowell and interns Cole Payne and Justin Lazaro, and the many others who helped make this designation possible! The initiative grew out of an Active Living workshop the town hosted with these and several other regional partners in June of 2018, and it is terrific to see this recognition come to fruition.”