The national Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) based at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill recently announced that Wilsonville’s designation as a “Walk Friendly Community” is being extended for five years. The “Walk Friendly Community” (WFC) award on May 19 at the bronze level recognizes the City’s on-going efforts to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort. The WFC designation is conferred only to applicant communities that are verified to have a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through the adoption and implementation of comprehensive programs, plans and policies.
Mayor Tim Knapp states, “We are proud of being named a ‘Walk Friendly Community’. All of us know that walking is good for our environment, for our personal health and quality of life. This award also recognizes our community’s firm commitment to connectivity, and to encouraging multi-modal transportation that gives mobility options to residents, commuting workers and visitors.”
Wilsonville is one of only 58 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation. In Oregon other WFC communities include Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, Sisters and Tigard.
In order to renew the City’s Walk Friendly Community status, the City responded to a comprehensive set of questions regarding engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning efforts that were evaluated and confirmed by PBIC staff prior to renewal.
WFC is a national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to supporting safer walking environments. WFC distinguishes cities and towns that are leading the way in walkability. WFC is the first program to highlight communities for their walkability initiatives and programs, while also offering feedback to assist communities in improving walkability.
Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. For more information about the program visit www.WalkFriendly.org.