City of Charlottesville Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Charlottesville a Gold Level Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.
In 2011, Charlottesville was named a Silver Level Walk Friendly Community. The success of the Downtown Pedestrian Mall, good access to transit, the Complete Streets policy, and incentives that encourage infill development all contributed to the designation. Since 2011, the implementation of programs like the ADA Transition Plan in all street projects, the popular Bike, Walk, Play JPA event and ongoing data collection efforts by the city and Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission helped Charlottesville achieve Gold.
As a Gold Level Walk Friendly Community, Charlottesville joins an elite group of cities around the country including Ann Arbor, Michigan, Boulder, Colorado and Chicago, Illinois that are committed to promoting walking through planning, engineering, education and enforcement.
Charlottesville is among four communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities announced. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 47 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities.
For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visithttp://www.walkfriendly.org.