In 2020, the Walk Friendly Communities program (WFC) 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.
Get Out and Walk Raleigh
Get out and walk Raleigh! There are many ways to enjoy walking in Raleigh:
- Walk the Greenway
- Watch for Me NC
- Follow Us on Twitter: @RaleighTranspo
- Facebook: Raleigh Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission
WalkRaleigh offers ways to improve walkability via:
- City-Initiated Projects
- Pedestrian Plans
City-Initiated Sidewalk Projects
The City initiates sidewalk projects to fix gaps discovered by other City departments, schools, transit providers and citizens.
Want a Sidewalk?
You can ask for sidewalk construction to complete portions of sidewalk at no cost to the property owners.
Here's how to petition the City for a sidewalk:
Sidewalk Petition Projects
New sidewalk projects on local residential streets are typically handled through a petition process by the residents along the street. The petition program for a new sidewalk requires signatures from a majority of the property owners along the street that make up the majority of the property frontage.
Adopted Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan
The Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan was adopted by City Council on January 2, 2013. The plan provides strategies for enhancing Raleigh's transportation system to promote walkability throughout the City. The plan assesses the existing facilities, policies, plans, and programs that affect pedestrian mobility and provides recommendations for improvements. The plan includes templates for pedestrian infrastructure improvements, examples of tools and techniques for improving walkability, and a prioritized list of over 200 proposed sidewalk projects throughout the City.
Chapter 1 - Introduction & Plan Goals
Chapter 2 - Existing Conditions
Chapter 3 - Best Practices, Design Standards, & Sidewalk Program
Chapter 4 - Pedestrian Facility Recommendations
Chapter 5 - Programs and Initiatives for Walkable Raleigh
Chapter 6 - Summary of Recommendations
Chapter 7 - Implementing the Plan
Chapter 8 - Longer Term Vision