The Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, in conjunction with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), today launched Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), a new initiative to encourage communities across the country to support pedestrian safety. Communities that apply for a WFC designation will have access to suggestions and resources on how to improve pedestrian safety. The national launch comes on the heels of a successful pilot in which nine communities tested the application and the online assessment tool. Applications for the nationwide program will be accepted between November 1 and December 15, 2010. The WFC program will evaluate community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. Designations will be announced two to three months after the December 15 deadline.
For further information on how to participate in the WFC Program go to: http://www.walkfriendly.org/