and other officials.” The group conducts walking audits,
where they, “take a deeper dive into the neighborhood,
determining safe routes to school, identify barriers and
make recommendations for creating a more walkable
and safe community.”
One such audit took place in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle that included a group of Mercer
Middle School staff members, students and their families, neighbors, cycling advocates, a local business owner
and transportation planners from the Seattle Department of Transportation.
“The goal of the walking and biking audit was to
make observations and recommendations on ways to
improve walking and biking access for students and
families on their way to and from school,” says Quinn.
“After presenting our recommendations to the city,
the Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks Department worked together to support
In 2015, Green Stormwater Infrastructure techniques
were used with a new drainage swale, including small
native trees and a French drain to the east of the sidewalk. New street trees were added, contributing to the
cities’ goal to increase the urban canopy 30 percent
Improvements also include parking surfacing, wheel
stops and a rock wall. The improvements around the
neighborhood have connected the park and a greenway
to get people by foot easily to the library, store and light
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
To obtain substantial health benefits, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’, 2008 Physical
Activity Guidelines for Americans, recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity
aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week, and that children and adolescents be active for at least 60 minutes every day. People who
are inactive and those who do not yet meet the guidelines are strongly encouraged to work toward this goal.
Adults with disabilities who are unable to meet the guidelines should avoid inactivity and try to get regular
physical activity according to their abilities.
Feet First conducts walking audits. One such audit took
place in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle.