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Community Assessment Tools

The following is a list of tools for individuals, families or community groups to assess the walkability and bike friendliness of a current or future neighbourhood/community. 

The information can be used to determine the strengths and needs of where you live now, or where you are considering moving.  Once your assessment is complete, the information can be shared with others in your neighbourhood and/or used to consult with your local municipality.  You may even want to apply for a community award or designation.

Walk Score rates over 10,000 neighborhoods in almost 3,000 cities across the United States, Canada, and Australia by looking at walkability and access to public transit, parks, schools, grocery stores, restaurants etc.  Just enter an address to get the information.

(PDF) Walk ON walkability checklist.  How walkable is your community?  Talk a walk and decide for yourself.

(PDF) iCANwalk walkability checklist.  How walkable is your community?  Take a 15 minute walk and complete this checklist to find out.  View a (PDF) sample letter for your municipality.

(PDF) Walkability Checklist for families with children. Take a walk with your child and use this checklist to decide if your neighborhood is a friendly place to walk.  At the end of your walk, give each question a rating. Then add up the numbers to see how you rated your walk overall. Suggestions are also provided to overcome certain walkability problems.

WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program that encourages municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designations. Using a comprehensive framework of indicators for walkability, municipalities can benchmark their current status and measure progress over time. As communities strive to achieve higher awards, the built environment is transformed to support safe, sustainable and independent mobility.

The Bicycle Friendly Community Award Program by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in Canada provides The Bicycle Friendly Community Application self-assessment tool for communities on which they are judged in five categories - engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation & planning. Review the Bicycle Friendly Community Application in Word or PDF.

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