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4/1/2003
Americans' Attitudes Toward Walking and Creating Better Walking Communities

A new national survey on attitudes toward walking finds that the American public wants to walk more places more often, and is willing to invest in making it possible. Poll results show that if given a choice between walking more and driving more, 55 percent of adults choose walking more. The poll shows overwhelming support for policies to make the walking environment less dangerous for people of all ages, and especially children. A majority (68 percent) favor putting more federal dollars toward improving walkability, even within a constrained budget.

"We need to make walking a safe, easy and appealing option for all Americans," said Anne Canby, President of the Surface Transportation Policy Project. "Engineers know how to make streets and traffic safe for people on foot, as well as on bicycle or in a car. They just need the support from policy-makers to do it."

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Photographer: Dan Burden

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