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Raleigh Honored as Silver-level Walk Friendly Community

WFC recognizes 10 cities as walk friendly

The Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) has awarded Raleigh with its Silver-level Walk Friendly accreditation due to the City’s work in prioritizing pedestrians and creating safer, comfortable and inviting places to walk. Other cities in North Carolina with Silver-level designation are Asheville, Cary, and Charlotte. 

WFC is a national recognition program developed to encourage cities and towns across the United States to develop and support walking environments with an emphasis on safety, mobility, access and comfort. Sponsored by FedEx and managed by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC), the program distinguishes communities leading the way in walkability and seeks to share their stories to inspire other communities to move towards their own innovative solutions. In the 11 years since the program began, it has recognized 76 cities across 32 States with Walk Friendly designations.

Raleigh is designated as a Silver-level community due to strong policy measures that support walkability, connections to a city-wide greenway system, and supportive programs that encourage walking. This includes a wide scope of policies, plans and infrastructure improvements that include:

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Eric Lamb
Transportation Planning Manager