Pedestrians First – Articulating & Measuring Walkability

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) is a global non-profit that works to design and implement high quality transport systems and policy solutions that make cities more livable, equitable, and sustainable.

ITDP developed a tool called Pedestrians First, to help governments, city planners, NGOs, and developers.  The tool can be used as a vocabulary to effectively articulate ideas around walkability and provide targeted ways to improve the community.


The tool contains 11 indicators for measuring walkability:

  1. Walkways – complete, continuous, safe
  2. Crosswalks
  3. Visually Active Frontage – “eyes on the street”
  4. Physically Permeable Frontage – minimising inactive spaces
  5. Shade and Shelter
  6. Small Blocks – reducing trip distances
  7. Prioritized Connectivity – to increase convenience of walking
  8. Complementary Uses – reducing distances between home and desirable locations
  9. Access to Local Services
  10. Driveway Density – minimise number of car paths to be crossed
  11. Roadway Area – balancing space allocated for motorised transport and decreasing speeds

The complete tool can be downloaded from their website, and there is a 1 hour webinar and slides available:

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