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How To Improve Walking Routes in Your Community

Watch more How to Help Others videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Improve the walking routes in your community by using a checklist for sidewalks and streets. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Download surveys Download the Sidewalks and Streets toolkit at Volunteers use these checklists to rate a walking route on various criteria, like the condition of the sidewalks, the safety of the crosswalks, and the area's overall cleanliness. Step 2: Find volunteers Find friends and neighbors willing to walk a designated route in town and note along the way what could be done to make it easier or safer for walking. Consider enlisting a local organization's help in supplying volunteers. Tip Include someone with mobility challenges if possible, and someone with a stroller. You can also consult with an expert who understands mobility concerns for people with physical challenges. Step 3: Map out an area Choose a date, time, and location for the walk. Map out an area to assess that _should_ be pedestrian-friendly. You may choose your own area to walk, or ask the opinion of community leaders. Step 4: Conduct the survey Ask each volunteer to bring along a street map, clipboard, paper, and pens, plus a camera to record any examples of items that require change or repair. Rate each item on the survey. Tip Photos are especially powerful tools for illustrating problems and convincing community leaders of changes needed. Step 5: Tally the scores At the end of the walk, collect the surveys. Tally the results and identify improvements you can make now or in the future. Step 6: Share your report For improvements that require help from local agencies, produce a report that includes photos. Share your report with local agencies and elected officials and request action! Step 7: Compare notes Go to to check out how other communities have made themselves more pedestrian-friendly. Then post an article about your own success! Did You Know? Studies show that safe, walkable communities promote meaningful participation in community life.
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