General pedestrian audits
The Federal Highway Administration's Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists is an excellent resource for conducting comprehensive audits of the roadway environment.
Active Living by Design (ALbD) hosts a number of walking-related audits, including:
- Analytic Audit Tool and Checklist Audit Tool
- Systematic Pedestrian and Cycling Environmental Scan (SPACES) Instrument
- Irvine Minnesota Inventory
- Measurement Instrument for Urban Design Quantities Related to Walkability
- Physical Activity Resource Assessment (PARA) Instrument
- Pedestrian Environment Data Scan (PEDS) Tool
- Path Environment Audit Tool (PEAT)
To review these and other audit tools, click on the links above or visit the Active Living Resource Search page and search for the resource type: Observational Measures.
For other walkability audits, checklists, and materials, consider the following:
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Walkability Checklist — Basic checklist developed to determine the walkability of an area and provide ideas for improving pedestrian conditions.
- AARP's Sidewalks and Streets Survey — Adapted from PBIC's Walkability Checklist and focusing on older pedestrians, this toolkit is designed so that communities can make walking safer by teaching small groups to take simple "walkability" surveys and to take recommended actions for community improvements.
- Pedestrian Mobility and Safety: Audit Guide — This guide, co-developed by AARP and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, explains issues related to pedestrian safety and mobility and provides examples of audits in four jurisdictions.
- Sidewalk Assessment Tool — Tool developed by the University of South Carolina Prevention Research Center to assess the maintenance of sidewalks and provide an index score for comparing different sidewalk conditions.
- Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility Audit Tools — Tool developed by the Queensland government to identify inadequate or unsafe pedestrian facilities.
- Active Community Environments (ACES) Community Assessment — Tool developed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to assess the health of a community and identify ways to increase opportunities for physical activity in the community.
- PEDSAFE Pedestrian Audit — Australian audit developed to evaluate the general quality and safety of the pedestrian environment.
- Keystone Healthy Routes Neighborhood Assessment — A series of tools to measure the safety and health of various communities, from rural, to suburban, to urban.
- Worksite Walkability Audit Tool — Instrument developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the walkability surrounding a workplace.
- PENNDOT Walkability Checklist — Checklist developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) to assess the safety and design compliance of pedestrian facilities in Pennsylvania.