Last updated Nov. 01, 2018 - 4:46 pm

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:


Join us!

  • Walktober 2018- 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. Remaining October Events:

    • North Carolina Museum of Art Garden Walk, Saturday, October 13 at 3 p.m. The North Carolina Museum of Art Plaza - Do not miss this fun and informative walk around the Museum Park conducted by NCMA Director of Planning, Design and the Museum Park, Dan Gottlieb. Learn about the connection of art, people, nature, recreation and sustainable design while strolling the beautiful park and gardens and viewing its significant pubic art installations by international artist.
    • Shop Local Raleigh Walk, Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m. Raleigh Union Station, West Plaza - Get a head start on holiday shopping ideas, meet our shop owners, and find out where to get what you need as we window shop
      our way across downtown Raleigh. Leave time after the walk to go back and browse your new favorite shops!

    • Connect Raleigh Lecture Series w/ Mark Fenton, Thursday, October 25 at 6:00 p.m. Wake Med, Andrews Conference Center- Join the City of Raleigh and WakeMed for a lecture featuring Mark Fenton, a public health, planning, and transportation
      consultant/professor and former host of the PBS series "America’s Walking". Mark will share easy steps that you can take to
      become more active and put your health first while living in an urban environment.
    • Sustainability Walk, Saturday, October 27 at 1 p.m. Raleigh Convention Center at Sir Walter Raleigh - Get in your Saturday "steps" while discussing the Sustainability of Raleigh! Join us for about a two mile walk along the walking tour route designed by the Raleigh Office of Sustainability. Raleigh is a 4-STAR community, known for excellence in sustainability.
      We’ll learn about some of the fabulous architecture, public spaces and sustainability features of the city while discussing urban
      heat gain, stormwater run-off, and green roof strategies. Please Note: Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes and weather
      appropriate attire. A bottle of water is recommended.
    • Historic Oakwood Cemetery Walk, Sunday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. 701 Oakwood Avenue (Cemetery Entrance) - Conclude the Raleigh BPAC "Walktober" walking events with a guided tour of Historic Oakwood Cemetery! Oakwood Cemetery is close to downtown Raleigh and is "home" to many famous Raleigh and North Carolina citizens…and maybe a ghost or two! We’ll have a guided cemetery tour. After the tour, we will walk into the Historic Oakwood neighborhood and enjoy some of the
      Halloween Decorations. Bring your flashlights and wear reflective clothing for safe walking after dark! Please Note: This will be a
      90 minute walk.

  • And don't miss... NC Bike/Walk Summit, October 19 - 20, Raleigh Convention Center

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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