Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City

Pedestrians first: Tools for a Walkable City

This toolkit explains walkability assessment, design and policy recommendations at three scales: citywide, neighborhood and street-level.


Walkability is a crucial first step in creating sustainable transportation in an urban environment. However, effectively understanding and measuring the complex ecology of walkability has proven challenging for many organizations and governments, given the various levels of policy-making and implementation involved.

This tool, produced by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), facilitates the understanding and measurement of the features that promote walkability in urban environments around the world. With a better global understanding of walkability and more consistent and frequent measurement of the walkability of urban environments, decision-makers will be empowered to enact policies that create healthier, more walkable urban areas.