Neighborhood Walkability Assessments

How walkable is your neighborhood?

Can you get to common destinations on foot, such as the grocery store, the park, the library, or school?
Are there continuous, shaded sidewalks for safe, comfortable, and accessible walking trips?
Can you safely cross major streets? Can your elderly neighbor and the kid next door do so?

These are all great questions and a truly walkable neighborhood requires a “yes” to all of them.

Living Streets Alliance has developed a Neighborhood Walkability Assessment Program for the Tucson region to address pedestrian safety & comfort issues, while helping area residents identify walkability improvements needed in their neighborhoods. The program engages the participants in an open discussion about the walking conditions in their neighborhoods and provides an opportunity to:

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  • learn more about walkability and what makes a good pedestrian environment.
  • share ideas and observations about the walkability improvements needed.
  • connect with fellow neighbors.
  • explore and document the current neighborhood walking conditions and gain a new perspective on neighborhood streets.

Neighborhood Walkability Assessments also help promote walking, highlight the importance of creating safe, comfortable, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk throughout the region, and increase public awareness of LSA’s mission.

Each Neighborhood Walkability Assessment has two components:

Walkability Workshop: Presentation and discussion of what makes a good pedestrian environment followed by hands-on mapping exercises to identify walking destinations, walkability assets and challenges, and the locations for improvements that would make the neighborhood more pedestrian-friendly.

Neighborhood Walk & Talk: Group walk and facilitated discussion to observe and discuss existing walking conditions and improvements that can potentially enhance the walkability of each block.

Following each assessment, LSA prepares a report highlighting the major findings, including additional steps residents can take to make their neighborhoods better places to walk. The report serves as a baseline document for planning, prioritizing, and implementing future walkability improvements, preparing neighborhoods to take advantage of regional pedestrian funding as it becomes available. The reports are shared with the relevant transportation departments, ward offices, or county supervisory district offices, depending on the neighborhood location.

If you’re interested in having LSA host a Neighborhood Walking Assessment in your neighborhood, or for more information, please contact us. Meantime, click on the links below to see the results of complete assessments.

Pilot Neighborhood Walkability Assessments

The program was initiated as a pilot phase in 2013 through a partnership with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation. The pilot assessments had a different format and a stronger emphasis on collecting ADA accessibility data.

Miramonte Neighborhood (2013)
Rincon Heights Neighborhood (2013)
West University Neighborhood (2013)

Neighborhood Walkability Assessments

Following the pilot phase, Living Streets Alliance modified the assessment program and has worked with the following neighborhoods to date:

Sky Islands High School (2013)
Palo Verde Neighborhood (2014)
Menlo Park Neighborhood (2014)
Flowing Wells Neighborhood – Westwood Village Subdivision (2014)
Dunbar Spring Neighborhood (2014)
Garden District Neighborhood (2015)
Feldman’s Neighborhood (2015)