ACHIEVING WALKABLE COMMUNITIES
in the community
WALKSacramento is a nonprofit community organization leading the region in developing safe, walkable communities that promote health and economic growth. We work with transportation and land use planners, elected officials and community groups to create safe, walkable environments for all citizens and particularly for children, seniors, the disabled and low-income individuals. WALKSacramento works to incorporate pedestrian access into transportation and development decisions, to increase funding for pedestrian infrastructure, and to adopt and implement pedestrian master plans for local communities.
Connecting Planning and Health
WALKSacramento and the D4AS Coalition have been awarded a Plan 4 Health grant from the Centers for Disease Control through the American Planning Association to advance healthy communities. As one of 17 national coalitions receiving funds to build greater connections between planning and health, WALKSacramento and the D4AS Coalition (which has expanded to include new community, agency, and professional affiliate partners) are providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions throughout Sacramento County. Learn more about our Plan 4 Health Coalition
Active Design Advocacy
We’re committed to making health a central priority in the design and development of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods. Research in the last decade makes a strong case that architecture and urban planning can play a significant role in improving public health and well-being. We provide training, technical assistance, as well as research and policy support on the implementation of Active Design. Our region can develop communities that improve health, economic prosperity and quality of life for all citizens.
Health & Safety Assessments
Health Impact Assessments (HIA) and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) help evaluate the potential health and safety effects of a plan, project or policy before it is built or implemented. Government agencies and developers can increase positive health and safety outcomes and minimize adverse health outcomes.
Complete Streets are Safe Streets
Complete streets are streets that are designed and operated to give safe access for all citizens. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities can safely move along and across a complete street.
Communities with complete streets policies are making sure that their streets and roads work for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children, and people with disabilities.
Candace Rutt, Ph.D.