Last updated Sep. 24, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Raleigh is dedicated to becoming a more walkable city!

Walk [Raleigh]

Raleigh-based Walk [Your City] helps communities promote walkability through a combination of wayfinding signage and web-based campaign management, integrating online sign creation with stakeholder participation.

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Watch For Me NC!

Watch for Me

The Watch for Me NC campaign is a comprehensive approach to reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. Raleigh is partnering with North Carolina Department of Transportation, the Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) and many other municipalities, counties, and universities throughout North Carolina to spread the message about pedestrian and bicycle safety in the education campaign for the third year in a row! The campaign focuses on high crash locations in the downtown area and target both drivers and pedestrians. The campaign will run from August through October.

2012-2013 Pilot Program Overview

Walking Wednesdays

What are Walking Wednesdays?

Walking Wednesday programs promote walking for transportation, health and community well-being. They can be whatever you want them to be!

What do I do?

The possibilities are endless! Here are a few ideas:

  • Host a walk at work at lunchtime.
  • Hold a walking meeting on a Wednesday.
  • Identify a meeting point for a group walk to (or from) work
  • Provide an incentive for walking to work.
  • Add a waking article to your employee newsletter or bulletin board.

Why Participate?

When individuals engage in a healthier lifestyle the positive impact is realized on both the personal and institutional level. Supporting programs like Walking Wednesdays promotes better employee health which long term can result in a decreased number of lost workdays and decreased health insurance costs. Be a part of a larger movement to help Raleigh become healthier and more walkable! #WalkingWednesdays

Adopted Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan

The Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan was adopted by City Council on January 2nd, 2013. The Pedestrian Plan provides strategies for enhancing Raleigh's transportation system to promote walkability throughout the City. The plan assesses the existing facilities, policies, plans, and programs that affect pedestrian mobility and provides recommendations for improvements. The plan includes templates for pedestrian infrastructure improvements, examples of tools and techniques for improving walkability, and a prioritized list of over 200 proposed sidewalk projects throughout the City.

Executive Summary
Chapter 1 - Introduction & Plan Goals
Chapter 2 - Existing Conditions
Chapter 3 - Best Practices, Design Standards, & Sidewalk Program
Chapter 4 - Pedestrian Facility Recommendations

Chapter 5 - Programs and Initiatives for Walkable Raleigh
Chapter 6 - Summary of Recommendations
Chapter 7 - Implementing the Plan
Chapter 8 - Longer Term Vision

City-Initiated Projects

Our staff receives requests for new sidewalk projects from a variety of sources, which include other departments, schools, transit providers, and directly from citizens. City-initiated projects are generally focused on fixing gaps along higher volume streets, such as thoroughfares. Each proposed sidewalk project is evaluated and ranked based on a variety of factors, including street classification, existing demand, special population needs, feasibility, and the proximity of places people want to walk to, like parks, schools, and shopping areas.

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Sidewalk Petition Projects

New sidewalk projects on local residential streets are typically handled through a petition process by the residents along the street. The petition program for a new sidewalk requires signatures from a majority of the property owners along the street that make up the majority of the property frontage.

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