For the second time in five years, Eugene was recognized for its commitment to providing a pedestrian-friendly environment. Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), a national recognition program based out of North Carolina, designated Eugene as a gold-level community.
“This gold-level designation acknowledges the commitment made by city staff with support from our managers and the City Council to make Eugene a more walkable city for people of all ages and abilities,” said Lee Shoemaker, Public Works Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator.
The designation is meant to highlight’s Eugene’s prioritization for creating safe, comfortable and inviting places to walk. In particular, WFC was impressed with Eugene’s pedestrian planning, infrastructure, community outreach, education, and the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero Policy.
“The Walk Friendly Community award also recognizes that we still have more work to do to improve Eugene’s pedestrian environment and take us to the next level of achievement,” said Shoemaker.
Eugene first achieved Walk Friendly Community status in 2012. This new designation runs until 2022. WFC was developed to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments.
For more information on the designation, contact Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.