Tools and Resources

Local and national organizations and programs, and other resources related to walking. Click on a section head below to expand or collapse the section.

Partner Programs

These WalkArlington partners support Arlington's walkability - and WalkArlington's mission to get more people walking more of the time - by promoting the many benefits of active transportation.

Arlington's Car-Free Diet is an easy, fun way to explore the possibilities of living car-free or car-lite. Each time you leave your car at home — choosing instead to ride ART or Metro, bike, walk or telework — you can save money, improve your health and help our environment. To find out exactly how much going car-free can change your life, check out our Car-Free Diet Calculator!

CommuterPage.com has a wealth of information about getting around the Washington, D.C. Metro area using public transportation, walking and biking, carpooling, car-sharing, and other alternatives to driving alone.

FitArlington – FitArlington helps Arlington realize its potential as a community in which being healthy and fit is a way of life for people of all ages and abilities.

WalkArlington Works

WalkArlington Works provides helpful tips on working walking into your work day -- and your workplace. You spend a lot of time at work, so why not make it a "walking workplace"?

How can you make your work day more healthy - and productive?  Walk!  Start by checking out WalkArlington Works, a guide to readily available programs and resources to integrate walking into your work day, compiled by WalkArlington and Arlington Transportation Partners.

Publications

WalkArlington Walkabouts brochure (PDF, 10 MB. Adobe Reader required.) Descriptions of 16 Walkabouts, with maps, in one very large PDF file.

Two Wheels or Two Feet: Sharing the Way (PDF, 1.3 MB. Adobe Reader required.) WalkArlington and BikeArlington have teamed up to provide some tips to help bicyclists and pedestrians share trails and sidewalks. This printable PDF file has color and black-and-white versions in English and Spanish.

Summer Walk Guide (PDF, 194 KB, Adobe Reader required.)  Winter Walk Guide (PDF, 208 KB.  Adobe Reader required.) WalkArlington and goDcgo have teamed up to provide safety tips for walking in both hot and cold weather.

Arlington's Car-Free Diet Map (PDF, 5.8 MB, Adobe Reader required.) Schematic map of Arlington showing bus routes, bike routes, bicycle/pedestrian trails, Metro stations, Capital Bikeshare stations, and more.

Request WalkArlington Walkabouts or Sharing the Way publications by mail from CommuterPage.com

Street Smart. Since 2002, Arlington County and neighboring municipalities in Virginia, Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland have joined forces on this public awareness and enforcement campaign. Street Smart is designed to educate drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and the general public about safely sharing the roads. Street Smart resources:

Local Resources

These local entities and government agencies offer important resources, valuable information, and an array of services related to walking.

Arlington, Virginia Website

  • Master Transportation Plan – Pedestrian Element (PDF, 1.2 MB,  Adobe Reader required) focuses on pedestrian travel, which is greatly affected by land use, street design and transportation system management. Expanding the pedestrian presence in Arlington is the main theme of this plan.
  • Sidewalks - Arlington County offers several options for residents to have sidewalks constructed in their neighborhoods. These vary in terms of timing of projects, eligibility, and neighborhood participation. To report a concrete repair or problem, use this form.  For issues related to sidewalks and maintenance, please contact Arlington County Environmental Services.
  • Snow Removal Ordinance aims to help ensure safe access for pedestrians and to make all transportation modes available as soon as possible after a snow storm. The County is responsible for clearing sidewalks bordering County government-owned property.
  • Community Planning, Housing and Development (CPHD) is comprised of four Divisions: Housing, Inspection Services, Planning, and Neighborhood Services. CPHD promotes the improvement, conservation and revitalization of Arlington's physical and social environment.
  • Civic Associations - There are 57 Civic Associations in Arlington County with members who actively maintain and enhance their neighborhoods. An interactive neighborhood map is included on the lined page.
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) promotes wellness and vitality through dynamic programs and attractive public spaces. Find information about county parks, recreational classes, and renting public facilities.

Arlington Children and Nature Network (CANN), an Arlington alliance of agencies, organizations, individuals, and businesses helps connect Arlington children to nature through outreach and events.

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) a bureau of the Arlington, Virginia Department of Environmental Services, promotes and facilitates the use of transportation modes other than single-occupancy vehicles to residents, workers and visitors in Arlington.

Arlington Historical Society is a non-profit organization that supports research, collection, preservation, discovery, restoration and dissemination of the local history of Arlington County, Virginia.

AIRE - Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions is a collaboration between Arlington County’s government, businesses, organizations, and individuals to significantly reduce emissions in Arlington.

Arlington Pedestrian Advisory Committee - The Pedestrian Advisory Committee advises the County Board and the County Manager on the implementation of the Pedestrian Transportation Plan and other pertinent matters the Committee deems important and to advocate for the needs of pedestrians in Arlington.

Arlington Public Schools is a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to academic excellence and integrity. Find information on schools, programs, and resources including boundary and walk zone maps.

Arlington Transit (ART) operates within Arlington County, Virginia, supplementing Metrobus with smaller, neighborhood-friendly vehicles and providing access to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express (VRE).

Arlington Transportation Partners provides transportation expertise and services to businesses, residential communities, developers, and hoteliers in Arlington County, Virginia.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) is a resource for public education about the local environment and for volunteer involvement in environmental improvement efforts.

Bike Arlington is a program of Arlington County Commuter Services to encourage more people to bike more often. Site includes maps, events and safety information. 

Preservation Arlington is a private, non-profit organization in Arlington County devoted to the protection and promotion of Arlington’s historic and natural resources. Preservation Arlington was originally founded in 1989 as the Arlington Heritage Alliance.

Additional Resources

These national organizations offer walking-related research findings, links to materials that can be customized for local use, and tools for finding information on pedestrian topics like trails, health and safety, and planning.

Organizations

AARP is a membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives by providing information on walking, health, and livable communities.  AARP wants you to walk safely, so take this quiz (PDF, 249 KB. Adobe Reader required) to test your knowledge about staying safe!

America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities.

Bikewalk.org is the website for the National Center for Bicycling & Walking is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc. established to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. 

Commuter Connections is a regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Commuter Connections provide you with information on all your commute options, so you can make a smart choice about how you travel.

Dialogue4Health, a project of the Public Health Institute, creates a unique space for professionals to build a foundation for understanding essential concepts in public health and work towards crafting policies, systems and environments to reduce chronic disease in America. Via a web-based platform for interaction and discussion, D4H provides a place for professionals to tackle provocative subjects from a multi-sectoral perspective.

Easter Seals PROJECT ACTION is loaded with resources for planning livable communities while taking into consideration the accessible transportation needs of people of all abilities. The page features a guide for accessible paths to bus stops and transit facilities, a toolkit to assess bus stop accessibility and safety, a fact sheet on accessible transportation in rural areas, and more.

FHA Bicycle and Pedestrian Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that requirements in legislation are understood and met by the States and other implementing agencies. Read the Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System, intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center offers information and training about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility as it relates to pedestrians and bicyclists. Read best practices compiled by the Walk Friendly Communities Program.

Walksteps.org is an interactive online resource aimed at putting innovative, pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers.  Walksteps.org was created through support from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Trails

American Trails is a comprehensive online go-to source for planning, building, designing, funding, managing, enhancing, and supporting trails and greenways.

Rails to Trails Conservancy is dedicated to the creation of a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people.

Health

American Podiatric Medical Association is the leading resource for foot and ankle health information.

Every Body Walks! is an online educational web site aimed at getting Americans up and moving; the site features a walking hub, containing news, resources, and expert advice on walking for health, community, and family.

Feet First is an advocacy organization promoting walkable communities.

Healthy Transportation Network provides walking and bicycling safety information through educational tools, success stories, and resources.

Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by encouraging people to get out and walk not just for recreation, but for basic tasks of daily life, shopping, schools and work.

Let’s Move, a campaign started by First Lady Michelle Obama, has an ambitious national goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight by engaging every sector impacting the health of children.

Walkscore.com rates neighborhoods based on the ease of walking to shops, restaurants and other public places. The site measures the walkability of cities and neighborhoods around the country.

Walkertracker.com is a pedometer step-tracking site and walking community.

Planning

CEOs for Cities works with its network partners to develop great cities that excel in the areas most critical to urban success: talent, connections, innovation and distinctiveness.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Our strategic goal is to provide safe, reliable, effective and sustainable mobility for all users.

American Planning Association Great Places - APA's flagship program celebrates places of exemplary character, quality, and planning. America's truly great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality, and community involvement.

Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.

National Highway Safety Administration - Pedestrian - Through education, enforcement, and outreach, NHTSA's pedestrian safety programs are directed toward reducing pedestrian injuries and fatalities, improving the safety of elderly pedestrians, and reaching diverse communities.

Virginia Highway Safety Office-Safety Programs foster behaviors that will lead to safer roadways for all. Site offers Information on how to stay safe on the road.

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Did You Know?

50% of all trips Americans make are less than 3 miles; 40% less than 2 miles, 28% less than 1 mile.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 2009

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