While communities have mostly been closed and many folks have been home, more individuals have found walking to be a great way to get out of the house everyday. However, it is also likely that you live in a community that is built almost entirely for car traffic without adequate and safe infrastructure for pedestrians. Walkable communities can decrease the number of car trips, increase health of the population by encouraging activity, and be more accessible for those who cannot drive. “Walk audits” are a great way to work toward a more walkable community and is the first step in making a community safer for pedestrians. Safe Routes to School has a guide for conducting a walk audit. AARP also has a walk audit workbook to help you make your community more accessible for all. Together we can build safe, walkable communities.

Other ideas, tips, and resources to keep you and your family healthy, active, and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic:

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