For Immediate Release
April 25, 2017 Contact:
Director of Sustainability
Fayetteville Awarded Bronze Walk Friendly Community Designation
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) has designated Fayetteville, Arkansas as a Bronze Level Walk Friendly Community
for its walkability initiatives and programs. Fayetteville is the first city in the State of Arkansas to achieve a Walk Friendly Community Designation. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and FedEx, Walk Friendly Communities is a national program dedicated to recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety.
Fayetteville achieved this designation due to ongoing investments in pedestrian infrastructure, including the ongoing upgrades to College Avenue with 10-foot wide sidewalks, lighting, and street trees. The City’s extensive yearly sidewalk projects
gained particular recognition from the PBIC due to the equitable distribution of projects across each of the City’s four wards.
In addition to the commitment Fayetteville has demonstrated to building a pedestrian-friendly environment, the Bronze Level designation highlights the City’s ongoing educational efforts aimed at promoting active transportation and walkability. These efforts include the Active Transportation Plan
and accompanying brochure
“The walkability initiatives and programs that Fayetteville is implementing are making our City more beautiful, healthy, and accessible,” says Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan. “Our culture of active transportation plays a critical role in promoting Fayetteville’s economic vitality, as well as the health and well-being of all of our residents.”
Fayetteville is among ten communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities. 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. To date, 65 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities.
For more information on Walk Friendly Communities, please visit www.walkfriendly.org