Last updated Sep. 25, 2019 - 8:10 am

Raleigh is dedicated to becoming a more walkable city!

Get Out and Walk Raleigh

Get out and walk Raleigh! There are many ways to enjoy walking in Raleigh:

BPAC and the City of Raleigh Celebrate National Walking Month

Waking tour
Walktober 2019 - Join us in our month-long initiative celebrating October as National Walking Month! It’s a great way to enjoy the city of Raleigh as well as enhance your health and well being.

October Events:

  • Walk to School Day
    Wednesday, Oct. 2, Times and Locations Vary
    Take part in the national movement to inspire communities in promoting health and safer routes for
    children to walk to school. For a complete list of participating schools visit the website.

  • Annual Historic Church Walk
    Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.
    Meet at First Baptist Church (99 North Salisbury St.)
    Get a glimpse of Raleigh’s downtown churches on the 5th Annual Community Historic Church Walk. Greeters will point out details that make the church unique.

  • Explore Dix Park: Guided Walking Tour
    Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Meet at Dorothea Dix Park: Kirby Building (1700 Umstead Drive)
    A free two-hour, 3.5-mile walking tour covering the history and future of Dorothea Dix Park. Register by visiting the calendar at the Dix Park website.

  • Martin Street Walk Safety Audit
    Monday, Oct. 14, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    Meet Outside the Raleigh Municipal Building (222 W. Hargett Street)
    Join the City of Raleigh’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager to learn how improvements to sidewalks and signals that make Downtown Raleigh safer for everyone and help identify opportunities for improving pedestrian safety. Register today! And for more information on pedestrian audits, visit here.

  • Oakwood Cemetery Tour
    Sunday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Meet at the Entrance to the Oakwood Cemetery (701 Oakwood Avenue)
    Oakwood Cemetery is close to downtown Raleigh and is “home” to many famous Raleigh and North Carolina citizens…and maybe a ghost or two! Meet at the entrance for a guided cemetery tour and then walk through the historic Oakwood neighborhood. Bring your flashlights and wear reflective clothing for safe walking after dark! Register today!

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
BPAC is an all-volunteer advisory body, appointed by the Raleigh City Council to provide guidance and leadership on all matters concerning bicycle and pedestrian activities and accommodation in Raleigh.

For more information, contact Bee Persson.

Improving Walkability

  • Pedestrian Plan
  • City Initiated Projects
  • See Click Fix


Want a Sidewalk?

You can ask for sidewalk construction to complete portions of sidewalk at no cost to the property owners.

City-Initiated Sidewalk Projects

The City initiates sidewalk projects to fix gaps discovered by other City departments, schools, transit providers and citizens.

Learn more about City-Initiated Sidewalk Projects

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.

Learn more about Sidewalk Petition Projects

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

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