PLEASE NOTE SAFETY IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY – Do not walk on the street if you feel unsafe, just make a note. Also, please do not take any photos of private property to eliminate an issue with privacy


9:00 am – 9:30 am: Orientation & pre-survey

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Field Survey

10:30 am – 11:00 am: Return to school with your field survey results, and fill out post survey.

1. Arrive at your local elementary school by 9:00 am to receive materials for the walkability audit. Bring a digital camera if you have one!

Coordinators will be at each school to explain how to conduct the community mapping survey.

2. Parents will fill out a pre-survey and sign a photo release form so that any pictures taken throughout the day can be used to promote future walkability audits.

3. Parents and students will follow the maps to their designated area. The big map will show the zoomed in area you will be walking through and the small map in the upper left corner will show that area in relation to the school.

4. Once you are assigned the area you will be assessing you can begin to make observations. The area will have points that have already been defined for you. These points will either be a pedestrian sign or a circle with an X through it. The pedestrian sign refers to the sidewalk. Although it is just one point on the sidewalk, we are really interested in the stretch of sidewalk. Walk up and down the sidewalk to make observations and record them. The circle with the X through it refers to the intersection, use the codes provided to assess the intersection.

5. For your convenience, the points on the map are numbered. The numbers were assigned as a suggested route but are by no means a required route. If a different route seems to make more sense you are encouraged to take it. Just make sure that when you are filling in the form you write the correct number for the location. Also, if there is a point on the map that seems unsafe DO NOT assess it. Our top priority is safety; we do not want to compromise your safety. Also, if there is a point located on someone’s private property, you do not need to assess that point.

6. When you arrive at the first point, use the codes located at the bottom of the first page or the top of the second page. Depending on the point (crosswalk or intersection) list the appropriate observation variables. For example, if you are observing the sidewalk, you should assess the sidewalk, comfort, traffic, and driver conditions that are applicable. If you are observing an intersection, you should assess all the crossing, traffic, and driver conditions that are applicable.

7. While making observations use the team’s digital camera to take photos of those observations. Record each photo on the observation form. Label each photo with sequential numbering beginning with 1 (i.e. photo 1, 2, 3, 4…). To identify photos easily please take pictures of street signs/names whenever you move to a different location.

8. When you arrive at the school be sure to document the steps/miles you have walked on the bottom of your survey form based on your pedometer data. We would like to acknowledge the participant names on the website. Please write down how you would like your name viewed (e.g. 1. Wendy Smith 2. W. Smith 3. Woodbridge resident).

9. Coordinators will upload your pictures to their laptops when you return to the school. You will be asked to fill out a short post survey. The assessment is now complete!

10. The data you collected will be uploaded onto an interactive map. You can visit the map at

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