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Six communities renew Walk Friendly Communities designations

News Release

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2016

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is pleased to announce six communities renewed their Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) status, while Sebastopol, CA earned its first designation. 

The “Walk Friendly” title means a city or town is being recognized for its success in working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access, and comfort. As part of its commitment to pedestrian safety, FedEx supports Walk Friendly Communities, a national recognition program of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina that encourages cities and towns across the United States to create safe walking environments.

PBIC recognizes these communities for their commitment to improving walkability and pedestrian safety:

Platinum Level:

Gold Level:

Bronze Level:

"Five years into the Walk Friendly Communities program, we continue to see communities continuing and committing to creating safe and comfortable environments for walking,” said Carl Sundstrom, WFC program manager. “We are tremendously excited to see six communities renew their designations as well as to add Sebastopol to our list of Walk Friendly Communities.

"As the program embarks into the next five years, we expect to see more communities renew and earn Walk Friendly designations."

Of the 58 Walk Friendly Communities across the nation, Seattle, Wash., remains the only Platinum-level Walk Friendly Community.

The program began accepting applications for the twelfth round on May 1, 2016, with the deadline for submission on June 15, 2016. Interested communities are encouraged to visit www.walkfriendly.org to learn more about the program and review the community assessment tool.

Applicants use a web-based program that asks a comprehensive set of questions and provides communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity. The questions examine engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. Officially launched in October 2010, the WFC program is funded by FedEx and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

"These communities are to be congratulated for earning these prestigious Walk Friendly designations from PBIC,” said Tabatha Stephens, manager, FedEx Global Charitable Giving. “We hope other communities will be inspired by their commitment to keeping pedestrians safe. FedEx supports road safety initiatives across the US and around the world, and we are a proud sponsor of PBIC."

About the WFC Program

The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies.

At the core of the WFC program is a comprehensive assessment tool that evaluates community walkability and pedestrian safety through questions related to engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning. The assessment tool questions are intended to both evaluate conditions for walking and provide communities with feedback and ideas for promoting pedestrian safety and activity.

Modeled after the League of American Bicyclists' "Bicycle Friendly Communities," 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.

About PBIC

Since its inception in 1999, PBIC's mission has been to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.www.pedbikeinfo.org

About the FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program

The Bicycle & Pedestrian Program of the Federal Highway Administration promotes bicycle and pedestrian transportation use, safety, and accessibility. The FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that States and other agencies understand and meet legislative requirements.

About FedEx

FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $49 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 340,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.

Media Contacts:

PBIC: James Gallagher, 919.843.7007 (office) james@hsrc.unc.edu
FedEx: Steve Barber, 901.434.7767 (office) smbarber1@fedex.com
FHWA: Neil Gaffney, 202.366.0877 (office) neil.gaffney@dot.gov