Walk Friendly Communities Application Process Is Now Open

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has announced the opening of the fifth round of the Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) application process. Communities are able to submit applications to the program by visiting http://www.walkfriendly.org

Applications are due by Dec. 15, 2012.

PBIC announced its fourth round of walk friendly communities in September, adding Washington DC, Long Beach, Calif., Redwood City, Calif., Gainesville, Fla., Fort Collins, Colo., Northampton, Mass., Rochester, Minn., Essex Junction, Vt., and Shorewood, Wisc., to the list. Currently, 33 communities nationwide have earned Walk Friendly status. The program will announce the next round of communities designated as Walk Friendly in February.

To assist applicants in collecting and preparing their responses, PBIC has released an interactive version of the application. This text version can be circulated among an application team to facilitate the internal review process prior to submission on Dec. 15. All applications must still be submitted through the online application system by creating an account. To download the text version of the application, please visit http://www.walkfriendly.org/get_started.cfm.

WFC is a national recognition program to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for safe walking. Assessing the communities’ commitment to improve conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort, PBIC makes designations based on a Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze level, and all communities receive detailed feedback on where and how they can improve. A list of current Walk Friendly Communities is available at www.walkfriendly.org/communities.

Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx Corp. and the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, visit www.walkfriendly.org, or direct your questions to info@walkfriendly.org.

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