Welcome to WalkArlington
WalkArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia, where people have many options for moving about their community. WalkArlington's focus is on walking. By partnering with citizens, businesses, and County departments to promote the health, environmental, commuter, financial, and community-building benefits of walking, WalkArlington strives to "get more people walking more of the time."
Arlington Repeats as Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community Honoree
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has once again named Arlington a Gold-level Walk Friendly Community (WFC). The County is one of only 15 communities across the country--out of the 58 ranked since the inception of the WFC program--to have received a Gold rating.
The Walk Friendly Communities program highlights communities for their walkability initiatives and programs, recognizing cities and towns that are leading the way in walkability while also offering feedback to assist communities in improving the walking experience.
Arlington’s first Gold-level designation came in 2011, the inaugural round of the WFC initiative. At the time, the County was one of only four communities nationwide to be designated at the Gold level. In May 2016, Arlington and Ann Arbor, Michigan became the only original Walk Friendly Communities to receive back-to-back Gold-level recognition.
According to WFC, Arlington’s designation reflects the County's multimodal transportation planning as well as its promotion, outreach and educational offerings. Encouragement programs focusing on safety and the many benefits of walking, such as WalkArlington and the PAL (Predictable, Alert and Lawful) campaign were also cited.
"We are proud to have earned this coveted distinction for a second five-year term,” said Dennis Leach, Arlington’s Director of Transportation. "We are committed to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through our comprehensive programs, plans and policies through 2021 and beyond."
Ideas And Inspirations From Walk Friendly Communities
Entitled “Giving Cities Legs: Ideas and Inspirations from Walk Friendly Communities“ (PDF, 3.8 MB) and published by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, the guide showcases some of the best practices of Walk Friendly Communities like Arlington so that other communities can learn from our experiences.
Take a look, see how our Gold-Level Walk Friendly Community compares to other cities that have received this prestigious recognition, and draw inspiration from the impressive examples of how communities nationwide are walking the walk toward walkability for all!
WalkArlington is presented by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), a bureau of the Arlington, Virginia Department of Environmental Services.