AdvocacyACT

 

Take walking to another level. Our members understand that walkable communities create better places to live, learn, shop, work, and play.
Walking is a vital transportation mode that connects communities, reduces pollution, improves health and physical fitness, and allows people to better understand their surroundings.

 

Citizens, businesses, and professionals all play an important role in making pedestrian projects a priority in design, policy, and funding. Let’s work together to redesign walking back into people’s lives by planning environments where it is easy to be active on foot.

 

Walkable Washington Program

Our Walkable Washington Program is making it easier for you to get your city involved. The program recognizes and supports cities that are working towards more walkable communities throughout Washington State through showcasing outstanding projects and programs, providing a place for communities to interact and learn from one another, and helping cities get started in taking action through our many areas of technical assistance (e.g. walking audits, safe routes to school, neighborhood walking maps).

 

Has your city carried out an innovative and effective pedestrian improvement project you would like to share with us? What great strides has your community made to improve local walkability? Be sure to let us know!

 

 

10 actions you can take now:
  1. Donate to Feet First. We rely on your support to continue working to ensure that all communities in Washington are walkable.
  2. Take a look at our Walkable Washington program and get your city in step toward becoming more walkable.
  3. Volunteer! Help Feet First by sharing your experience and knowledge.
  4. Make crossings safe. Add crossing flags to critical intersections. They can help to ensure cars see and stop for you.
  5. Become a Neighborhood Walking Ambassador.
  6. Talk to your elected representatives. Make sure they understand the importance of walkable communities. Let them know that you want to see money included for pedestrian projects. Invite them to take a walk with you. We can provide you with the necessary materials to support you. Contact us.
  7. Voice your concerns about personal and environmental health at planning and design meetings.
  8. Join us on Transportation Advocacy Day with the State Legislature during session. Contact us and we’ll add you to the invite list.
  9. Encourage a Walking Audit. Feet First prepares and facilitates walking audits as a tool for a community to improve safety and attractiveness for walking. These audits can be brief and simple, or can be extensively planned to include Department of Transportation or Public Works staff, Council Members, public safety, neighborhood representatives etc.
  10. Keep Learning. Attend our quarterly Walk & Talks.