Walking and Biking!
In 2013, Creative Santa Fe launched the WALK [Santa Fe] project,
which was a month-long city prototyping project demonstrating simple, affordable, and practical solutions to increase walkability in Santa Fe.
According to CreativeSantaFe.org :
"WHAT IS WALKABILITY? A walkable downtown provides economic stimulus, attracts tourism, provides additional amenities for residents, promotes public health and public safety, and contributes to the environmental sustainability of the city."
Walkability is a driver of economic development.
Walkability promotes public safety.
Walkability supports tourism.
Walkability is an amenity for residents.
Walkability drives beauty.
Walkability is a feature of an environmentally sustainable city.
October 31 – November 30, 2013
WALK [Santa Fe] was a month long city prototyping project demonstrating simple, affordable, and practical solutions to increase walkability in Santa Fe.
The project featured a clearly defined path, printed maps, and temporary street signs pointing the way to museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and parks. Each sign had an embedded QR code with specific directions to get to each location through Google Maps technology.
Partnering with other non-profit organizations, CrSF hosted walking and biking events for an entire month. “WALK [Santa Fe] Ambassadors” were on the streets to answer pedestrians’ questions, discuss the project, and demonstrate how to use the QR codes.
This project was in coordination with the national initiative WALK [Your City]. WALK [Santa Fe] had 81 program partners making WALK [Santa Fe] the largest WALK [Your City] initiative project to date, proof of Santa Fe’s commitment to becoming a more walkable and vibrant community.
Walkability directly impacts they vibrancy, energy, health, and prosperity of communities. As urban planner Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, describes, “The walkable city is not just a nice, idealistic notion. Rather, it is a simple, practical-minded solution to a host of complex problems we face as a society.”
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