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2018 State Report Cards on Active Kids and Communities Show Opportunities to Strengthen Policy for Walking

A new report out from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the Y, Making Strides: 2018 State Report Cards on Support for Walking, Bicycling, and Active Kids and Communities, analyzes state policy in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia to provide a snapshot of each state’s support for walking, biking, and physical activity.


The report cards look at 27 indicators of support across four key areas:  Complete Streets and Active Transportation, Safe Routes to School and Active Transportation Funding, Active Neighborhoods and Schools, and State Physical Activity Planning and Support. Several indicators provide key insights for where advocates and decision makers can prioritize investments in walking.

Nearly all the indicators studied in the report cards have some impact on walking and walkable communities. From how states allocate funding to active transportation and Safe Routes to School projects, to whether states have adopted formal goals to increase walking mode share and decrease pedestrian fatalities, to policies around school siting and supportive neighborhoods for physical activity, your state’s score across these indicators creates a comprehensive picture of its support for active, walkable communities. Advocates and practitioners can also use the report cards to identify areas of weakness, which translate into opportunities to increase a state’s commitment for walking in the future.

For a deeper dive into the state report cards, view the full article here.