Americans' Attitudes Toward Walking and Creating Better Walking Communities
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
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
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a nationwide network of more than 800
organizations, including planners, community development organizations, and advocacy groups,
devoted to improving the nationís transportation system.