The City hosted State Street Walk Audits on two separate dates in October 2018; each audit had two locations that included UW-Eau Claire, Old Library Room 1128 (105 Garfield Street) & Fire Station No. 5 (2500 Patton Street). The audits were conducted to allow residents the opportunity to provide input, observations, and a vision of the corridor and to improve the safety and walkability for all users.
Can I do a Walk Audit on my own time?
Yes. Using the State Street Walk Audit Checklist as your guide feel free to walk a route on your own. Then, simply email a copy of your completed checklist or write your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. We value your feedback!
What did the audit involve?
Two groups were formed and each broken into separate teams evaluating travel behavior, safety & comfort along State Street. Group 1 focused on intersections within the neighborhood and Group 2 viewed an intersection in the neighborhood and then walked the hill section of the project. The groups reconvened to discuss observations and findings following the audits where teams visited intersections and sidewalks asking questions such as:
|Can pedestrians safely and easily walk on sidewalks?|
|Do pedestrians have enough time to cross the street?|
|What would make this space more appealing to visit?|
|Do I feel comfortable or safe walking this corridor in the evening as currently lit?|
Information collected from the audit will be used to:
|Document the usability of State Street & identify walking barriers and benefits along the street.|
|Bring community members of all walks together for a discussion of issues and to brainstorm.|
|Identify any improvements to address in the State Street future project.|
|Capture conditions before and after a street renovation to assess the effect of improvements.|
Walk Audits: What are they?
Walk audits are great tools in creating communities where residents can participate in making their vision of healthy, safe & walkable streets real. In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what’s missing.
Walk audits can vary in length and can be conducted by neighborhood associations, City staff, or other groups. Most often they are conducted in groups using checklists. The groups assess street infrastructure and conditions, documenting barriers, positive features, activities and perceptions of the walking environment.
Why have a walk audit?
A walkable community is a healthy, thriving place in which people of all ages and abilities can get where they need and want to go. Conducting a walk audit can be the start to having a positive change in our community and can lead to a more safe, accessible, and comfortable walking environment.