Walkability Audit Tool

Author of Tool: 

Dannenberg, A.L., Cramer, T.W., & Gibson, C.J.

Key references: 

Dannenberg, A.L., Cramer, T.W., & Gibson, C.J. (2005). Assessing the Walkability of the Workplace: A New Audit Tool. American Journal of Health Promotion, 20 (1): 39–44.

Creating or Improving Access to Places for Physical Activity is Strongly Recommended to Increase Physical Activity. The Task Force on Community Preventive Services. Available at http://www.thecommunityguide.org/pa/default.htm*

Primary use / Purpose: 

The Worksite Walkability Audit Tool is designed to assess how safe and attractive the walking environment at a workplace is.

Background: 

Evidence suggests that most individuals need to get more physical activity. Walking is just one way that individuals can increase the amount of physical activity they engage in. However, many environments are not suitable, safe, or attractive for walking. The Walkability Audit tool assesses the walkability of a workplace. It elicits information on pedestrian facilities, pedestrian conflicts, crosswalks, maintenance, path size, buffers, universal accessibility, aesthetics, and shade. Respondents must also provide information on dangerous or unpleasant elements of the environment, potential improvements, and an overall evaluation of whether the environment is attractive and safe for walking.

Psychometrics: 

Data on reliability and validity of the instrument are presented by Dannenberg and colleagues (2007).

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