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Raleigh city leaders approve walking program

Posted June 5, 2014

— Councilors approved the Walk [Raleigh] Pilot Program and referred oversight of the program to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

Walk [Raleigh] is a Raleigh-based company that assists communities with promoting walkability. The program posts wayfinding signage that identifies locations throughout the community and the estimate time to walk there.

The signage, combined with an Internet-based campaign management and data collection, have helped promote walkability in 75 cities around the world.

Sig Hutchinson, a member of Raleigh's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, said the concept is simple.

“If you give your citizens information about how far it is to a location and point them in the right direction, they'll actually do it,” he said.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is partnering with Walk [Raleigh] to develop campaigns in three cities across the state to promote wellness.

The initiative will allow Raleigh to receive signage and technical support, and serve as the pilot project for the partnership. In return, Raleigh will commit resources in planning, promoting and implementing the Walk [Raleigh] campaign alongside program representatives.

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  • Anita Woody Jun 10, 2014

    I'd think the first step to having a walking program would be to have sidewalks to walk on. Each weekend, thousands of people are out at the State Fairgrounds literally walking on and alongside Hillsborough St and Blue Ridge Rd. Not 1 sidewalk in sight.

  • croberts11117 Jun 5, 2014

    Too bad you can't walk 3 blocks downtown without beggars and panhandlers approaching. Heck I'm homeless and it bothers me cause on any given day the homeless can eat at several different places for free. Yet we have drunks begging all day long from MLK blv. to Peace street and every point in between.

  • European American Jun 5, 2014

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    What need? The pedestrians need to be told that it takes 16 mins. to walk somewhere?

  • phoffman4 Jun 5, 2014

    This is a wonderful initiative - thanks Councilors! Now other folks, please don't downplay the Walk Pilot Program simply because there are additional pedestrian needs which have not yet been addressed. Keep plugging on the other needs and count as a joy those efforts which actually pan out.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 5, 2014
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    Not to mention all who get hit crossing capital blvd. A pedestrian bridge would be a better idea I would think.

  • James McFetridge Jun 5, 2014
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    ...Meanwhile there is nowhere to safely cross the street on New Bern Avenue between Wake Med and the city limits near the Neuse River. Having no designated crosswalks only grants jaywalkers excuses.

  • veyor Jun 5, 2014

    And oh yes, walk right in the middle of thoroughfare roads.

  • Chip Dipson Jun 5, 2014
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    Don't worry, I'm already on it

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 5, 2014
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    ARE YOU SERIOUS????!!!?!?!?!? They can't get the bike lanes right and now we need a walking program. Don't they have more important things to do? Oh that's right, we've all been sold out so now they can do this kind of stuff. WHO is paying for the signs?

  • AConservativePerson Jun 5, 2014

    How long will it take for the signs to be covered in graffiti?