Advocacy Guides

A Resident's Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking
This guide is intended to assist residents, parents, community association members, and others in getting involved in making communities safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The guide includes facts, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about traffic problems that affect pedestrians and bicyclists and to find ways to help address these problems and promote safety among all road users.

Active Design Guidelines
Physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are second only to tobacco as the main causes of premature death in the United States. A growing body of research suggests that evidence-based architectural and urban design strategies can encourage regular physical activity and healthy eating. Active Design Guidelines provides architects and urban designers with a manual of strategies for creating healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces, based on the latest academic research and best practices in the field. 

Boston Complete Streets
The new Boston Complete Streets approach puts pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users on equal footing with motor-vehicle drivers. The initiative aims to improve the quality of life in Boston by creating streets that are both great public spaces and sustainable transportation networks.

Community Pedestrian Safety Trainings
The purpose of the Community Pedestrian Safety Training is to help make walking safer and more pleasant in California's communities. Each training is tailored to a specific community, enlisting participation from community members and safety advocates, along with professional staff and officials from local government and agencies. Representation from the locale's traffic or planning department is encouraged. It generally lasts half a day. It can complement other training or planning that takes place in a city among 
professional traffic planners and engineers, enforcement, etc.
Complete Streets Complete Networks: A manual for the design of Active Transportation
Using a straightforward approach, this manual provides the tools you need for designing complete roadways. The designs enhance a sense of place and encourage all modes of travel. Communities committed to creating safe and attractive public spaces will find this resource indispensable. The design manual is divided into five chapters: Basis, Typologies, Geometrics, Amenities, and Processes. Each chapter provides information to assist planners, designers and decision makers in developing a new design approach to enable better and safer active transportation in their communities.

Chicago Complete Streets
Launched in Spring 2013, The Department of Transportation’s Make Way for People initiative aims to create public spaces that cultivate community and culture in Chicago’s neighborhoods through placemaking. Make Way for People supports innovation in the public way by opening Chicago’s streets, parking spots, plazas and alleys to new programming and market opportunities via public and private partnerships. In addition to improving street safety and promoting walkable communities, this initiative supports economic development for Chicago’s local businesses and Chicago’s neighborhoods. Learn more about this initiative in the video below.

Creating a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
The purpose of this guide on “How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan” is to present an overview and framework for state and local agencies to develop and implement a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan tailored to their specific problems and needs. A Pedestrian Safety Action Plan is a plan developed by community stakeholders that is intended to improve pedestrian safety in the community. An objective of the guide is to help state and local officials know where to begin to address pedestrian safety issues.

FHWA Office of Safety Proven Safety Countermeasures
Improving safety is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and FHWA remains committed to reducing highway fatalities and serious injuries on our Nation's highways. We are highly confident that certain processes, infrastructure design techniques, and highway features are effective and their use should be encouraged.

ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach
The ITE Recommended Practice, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach, advances the successful use of context sensitive solutions (CSS) in the planning and design of major urban thoroughfares for walkable communities. It provides guidance and demonstrates for practitioners how CSS concepts and principles may be applied in roadway improvement projects that are consistent with their physical settings. The report's chapters are focused on applying the principles of CSS in transportation planning and in the design of roadway improvement projects in places where community objectives support walkable communities-compact development, mixed land uses and support for pedestrians and bicyclists, whether it already exists or is a goal for the future. This document was produced in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism.

National Association of Transportation Officials Urban Street Design Guide
The Urban Street Design Guide focuses on the design of city streets and public spaces. While other national manuals, such as AASHTO’s A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, provide a general discussion of street design in an urban context, the Urban Street Design Guide emphasizes city street design as a unique practice with its own set of design goals, parameters, and tools.

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations: A How-to Guide
The primary objective of this guide is to provide tips and guidance on how States and communities can effectively deploy pedestrian safety enforcement operations to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The guide includes a summary of promising practices, guidance on planning and implementing an operation, a discussion of several considerations and variations, recommendations regarding the evaluation of pedestrian safety programs, and a series of case studies. The guide also contains an Appendix with sample forms and other useful information. 

Reclaiming the Right of Way: A Toolkit for Creating and Implementing Parklets
The toolkit, a collaboration between UCLA's Luskin Center, Lewis Center, and the Institute of Transportation Studies, provides a guide for creating "parklets"- small parks in urban areas from the conversion of parking spots and other underutilized spaces for cars into places for people.

Steps to a Walkable Community: A Guide for Citizens, Planners, and Engineers
A comprehensive guide to making communities more walkable from, created by America Walks and Sam Schwartz Engineering. The tactics and case studies featured on have been compiled into a guidebook and downloadable PDF.
Creating a pedestrian-friendly community often means tackling the challenges to walking from several different angles at the same time. To address that reality, Sam Schwartz Engineering and America Walks teamed up to create the guide Steps to a Walkable Community. This resource features tactics and case studies in multiple disciplines and integrates them with other emerging ideas. This guide is available in multiple formats (website, pdf, and hardcopy) and is also the basis for webinars, trainings, and walkshops to help put innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers.

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