Environews: Mapping walkability

By Amy Brunvand

– By Amy Brunvand

The Wasatch Front Regional Council has created a “story map” showing the walkability of 1,200 blocks throughout the Wasatch Front. Walking is beneficial in countless ways from promoting physical fitness and mindfulness to protecting air quality to creating vibrant pedestrian neighborhoods like the Sugar House business district.

Urban planners have defined specific qualities that make a place “walkable” including imageability, enclosure, human scale, transparency and complexity. By defining the qualities of a walkable street, it is possible to make our city more walkable on purpose.

Measuring Walkability Story Map: wfrc.org

This article was originally published on March 4, 2016.