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