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WalkWorks

WalkWorks logoIf you have been looking for a fun, easy, and free way to increase your physical activity, seize the opportunity! Increasing your physical activity by walking, biking, and wheeling throughout your day-to-day activities benefits you and your community. Walking, biking, and other forms of mobility improve your overall health and well-being and are great ways to connect with others and your community. Get moving to get to places and to enjoy all your community has to offer. It’s also a great way to spend time with your family and friends of all ages. 

What is WalkWorks?

WalkWorks is an initiative between the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Downtown Center that supports the development and adoption of active transportation plans or related policies. Its mission is to increase access and opportunities for physical activities, such as walking, biking, wheeling, and using public transit. WalkWorks:         

  • Provides funding to develop Active Transportation Plans to guide the establishment of safe, accessible, active routes connecting everyday destinations.
  • Encourages and funds the development of local Complete Streets and Vision Zero policies to make walking and biking safer.
  • Provides technical assistance for the development of said plans and policies.
  • Educates about the relevance and benefits of safe and accessible walking, biking, transit, and all forms of active mobility for people throughout the commonwealth, no matter their zip code, income, or skin color.
  • Offers support to communities that encourage walking, biking, transit, wheeling, etc., through events, routes, programs, and groups.

Making walking and biking safer and more convenient can help social interaction between residents, improve local economies and public health, and reduce air pollution. Take action to help prioritize active transportation in your community by talking with your local government officials, identifying stakeholders and strategic community partners, and conducting a walkability assessment.

 

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    WalkWorks Funds the Development of Active Transportation Plans and Policies

    For the fifth consecutive year, WalkWorks is able to provide funding to assist municipal entities with the development of active transportation plans and policies. By helping to fund these efforts, WalkWorks continues its aim to establish new or improved pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit transportation systems, thereby, furthering its objective of increasing activity-friendly routes and connectivity to everyday destinations. We are pleased to share the names and projects of nine agencies named to receive these awards in 2021-2022.


    Funding for Active Transportation
    Plans and Policies
    2021-22 GranteesProject
    Borough of AkronActive Transportation Plan
    Borough of Forest HillsComplete Streets Policy
    Borough of IndianaActive Transportation Plan
    Indiana CountyActive Transportation Plan
    Borough of QuarryvilleActive Transportation Plan
    City of ReadingActive Transportation Plan
    Borough of RoyersfordActive Transportation Plan
    Susquehanna Depot BoroughActive Transportation Plan
    Verona BoroughActive Transportation Plan
    White Township
    Complete Streets Policy


    See below for a list of our grant recipients from previous years with links to their plans and policies. With the assistance of transportation experts, a range of stakeholders, and public input, these communities have demonstrated their commitment to encouraging physical activity and improving health by prioritizing active transportation. These plans propose physical, policy, and process improvements to their transportation networks these communities will work to implement moving forward. WalkWorks looks forward to the same from its newest awardees!

    Funding for Active Transportation
    Plans and Policies

    2020-21 GranteesProject
    ​City of Bethlehem Active Transportation Plan
    ​County of Chester Complete Streets Policy
    ​East Hempfield Township Active Transportation Plan
    ​Borough of Forest Hills Active Transportation Plan
    ​Lower Saucon Township Active Transportation Plan
    Borough of Marietta Active Transportation Plan
    Borough of Quakertown
    Active Transportation Plan
    ​South Middleton TownshipActive Transportation Plan
    Borough of Union City Active Transportation Plan
    2019-20 Grantees Project
    Caernarvon Township Active Transportation Plan
    City of Corry by Erie County Department of Health with the Blue Zones Project Active Transportation Plan
    Denver Borough Active Transportation Plan
    East Stroudsburg Urbanized Area by Monroe County Planning Commission Active Transportation Plan
    City of Johnstown Complete Streets Policy
    City of Lancaster
    Vision Zero Action Plan
    Smart Growth Partnership Westmoreland:

    ​      Scottdale Borough
    Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy
    ​      Smithton Borough
    Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy
    Upper Providence Township Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy
    Waynesburg Borough by Greene County Active Transportation Plan
    Williamsburg Borough by Blair Planning Coming Soon: Active Transportation Plan
    2018-19 Grantees Project
    Bristol Borough Active Transportation Plan
    Hatfield Township Active Transportation Plan
    Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Active Transportation Plan
    Lower Allen Township Active Transportation Plan
    Montgomery County Planning Commission Complete Streets Policy
    Morrisville Borough Active Transportation Plan
    New Britain Borough Active Transportation Plan
    Springettsbury Township Active Transportation Plan
    Upper Dublin Township Active Transportation Plan
    Wilkins Township Complete Streets Policy
    2017-18 Grantees Project
    Elizabethtown Borough Active Transportation Plan
    Jersey Shore Borough Active Transportation Plan
    Oakmont Borough Active Transportation Plan
    West Earl Township Active Transportation Plan
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