The city of Indianapolis, Marion County Health Department and members of the Health by Design coalition are working to develop the area’s first pedestrian plan. Residents will have a chance to voice their opinions this week at a series of open houses.
The initiative, known as WalkWays, aims to make Indianapolis more walkable and get more people walking. A new report released last week called "The State of Walkability" marked the vision and goals for the plan as well as seven key challenges to making Indy more walkable.
The group’s vision is to make Indianapolis "a great place to walk, leading to a community that is healthier, safer, resilient and economically vibrant." The goals include creating connected and complete communities, making the experience safe for all and building walkable places for all.
The 82-page report cites the seven key challenges, which include funding and partnerships, prioritization and decision-making processes, innovative and effective pedestrian programs, right-of-way coordination, creative design solutions, maintenance and reporting, and pedestrian policies and procedures.
Five open houses will be held from February 24-27. You can find information on each specific open house by clicking here. In addition to the open houses, the public is being invited to participate by completing a brief survey, which asks questions about how to prioritize funding, what destinations should be most important, among other issues.
You can view "The State of Walkability" report in full below:
Click here for more information on the WalkWays initiative.