Walking is a low-impact, active, environmentally friendly, affordable, and sustainable form of transportation available to a wide range of residents. Walkable communities provide residents with safe transportation choices and improved quality of life.

Walking Updates


Safe and walkable neighborhoods provide a higher quality of life.

Walking Facts

  • In 2011, only 42 percent of Charlotte’s roads had a sidewalk.
  • In 1969, 50 percent of US children walked or biked to school. By 2011, only 13 percent did.
  • Nearly 85 percent of children are bused or driven by their parents, costing school districts and families billions in gasoline costs per year.
  • The Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord metro area has the 10th highest rate of pedestrian fatalities among the largest metros in the US.
  • In 2012, pedestrians accounted for nearly 15 percent of all traffic deaths, up six percent from 2011 and representing a five-year high.
  • As the rate of children walking or riding bikes to school has decreased, childhood obesity has increased among children ages six  to eleven from four percent in 1969 to 19.6 percent in 2007.
  • Moderate daily exercise, such as walking, can significantly reduce your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and other health conditions.
  • Adding speed humps decreases the risk that a pedestrian will be struck by 53 percent. Installing refuge islands in crosswalks can reduce the likelihood of pedestrian-vehicle crashes by 66 percent.
  • In the decade from 2003 through 2012, more than 47,000 people died while walking on US streets. That is 16 times the number of people who died in natural disasters during the same ten years, but without the corresponding level of urgency.
  • The US metros with the most commercial Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) have an average of 38 percent higher GDP per capita as compared to the low ranking metros.
  • Office space in urban WalkUPs rents at a 74 percent higher premium per square foot over drivable suburban areas.

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