WalkArlington is an initiative of Arlington County, Virginia, where people have many options for getting around 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."
WalkArlington was created in response to the community -- parents advocating for safe routes to neighborhood schools, developers and County staff building safer intersections, and business owners, public artists, urban designers, park planners, and event planners working to create destinations of special character that serve as magnets for walkers.
There is a role for everyone in helping to create a more walkable Arlington – even if it is simply getting out and seeing the community on foot more often. Lively streets encourage walking! Walking begets more walking!
WalkArlington is a program of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), a bureau of Arlington's Department of Environmental Services. Other ACCS programs and services include CommuterPage.com®, CommuterDirect.com®, The Commuter Store®, BikeArlington, Arlington's Car-Free Diet, and Arlington Transportation Partners. ACCS is a bureau of Arlington's Department of Environmental Services. ACCS is funded in part by grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).
Research related to the WalkArlington program is available at Mobility Lab.
2001 WalkArlington Report
This 2001 report by the team of urban designer Todd Bressi and public art consultant Jennifer McGregor laid the groundwork for efforts to improve the R-B Corridor pedestrian environment. With a focus on "providing a pedestrian environment without parallel in the (DC) metropolitan area," the study was a critical first step in bringing attention to the role of art and high-quality urban design in creating places where people want to walk.
WALKArlington: Places for Walking in the Rosslyn-Ballston Corridor (PDF, 3 MB, Adobe Reader required)
2004 Ballston Pilot Study
In 2003, Arlington County commissioned a study of the heart of Ballston as seen from the point of view of pedestrians. Charles Zucker of Lee and Associates was the primary urban designer on the project. Early in 2004, the "Ballston Sector Central Area Pilot Study" was completed.
About Arlington County Commuter Services
Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) is a bureau of the Arlington, Virginia Department of Environmental Services. ACCS serves people who live, work, or play in Arlington by providing programs and services to make it easier to get around without a car. ACCS programs are designed to encourage the use of mass transit, carpooling and vanpooling, bicycling, walking, teleworking, and other alternatives to driving alone. More about ACCS.