The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center recently named three new Walk Friendly Communities (WFC): Boulder, CO; Charlottesville, VA; and Denver, CO. All these cities earned the Gold designation, which is given out to cities who exemplify a commitment to improving and sustaining walkability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. In total there are 47 Walk Friendly Communities that have been named across the country, with Seattle, WA being the only city to have attained the Platinum-level. Although there are no cities in Nevada that have attained a WFC designation, cities continue to strive to increase pedestrian safety and sustain walkability through projects such as the Sutro Complete Street project.
As cities maintain their push towards becoming more walkable and bikeable, finding potential funding sources for alternative mode projects and fully understanding their intricate guidelines is of the utmost importance. The Advocacy Advance, a partnership between the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, recently released their report State Revenues Sources that Fund Bicycling and Walking Projects which details the funding sources and related guidelines specific for each state. This is an important resource when seeking funding for bike and pedestrian projects because the federal funding, while available in all states, is highly competitive. Knowing the additional funding sources available in each state allows for the diversification of funding strategies for projects. The Advocacy Advance also provides resources aimed at federal funding for biking and walking including their expansive document Navigating MAP-21: The Route to Federal Funding for Your Community.