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October 5, 2018

State Street Walk Audit Information

State Street Walk Audits are being hosted by the City of Eau Claire on the following dates & locations:

DATES LOCATIONS (each audit will have two locations)

Thursday, October 18th, 7:00am - 9:00am

 
Wednesday, October 24th, 3:30pm - 5:30pm


UW-Eau Claire, Old Library Room 1128 (105 Garfield Street) &
Fire Station No. 5 (2500 Patton Street)

Why are the audits occurring and what will they be used for?

The audits are being conducted to allow residents the opportunity to provide input, observations and a vision of the corridor and will improve safety and walkability for all users.

Information collected from the State Street Walk Audit is being used to further the design of State Street by:

  • Documenting the usability of State Street & identifying walking barriers and benefits along the street.
  • Bringing community members of all walks together to discuss issues and brainstorm.
  • Identifying any improvements to address in the State Street future project.
  • Capturing conditions before and after a street renovation to assess the effect of improvements.

What will the audits involve?

A short project overview will be provided and then the group will break into teams. Each team will visit nearby intersections and sidewalks to evaluate travel behavior, safety & comfort along State Street by asking questions, such as:

  • Can pedestrians safely and easily walk on sidewalks?
  • Do pedestrians have enough time to cross the street at this intersection?
  • What would make this space more appealing to visit?
  • Do I feel comfortable or safe walking this corridor in the evening as currently lit?

The walking audit groups will range in distances covered from 0.5 to 1.5 miles. Group 1 will focus on intersections within the neighborhood and Group 2 will view an intersection in the neighborhood and then walk the hill section of the project. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and plan for changing weather conditions (umbrella, mittens, etc.). Groups will reconvene following the walk audits to discuss observations and findings.

What are the audit routes? 

The following maps show the routes included in the State Street Walk Audits:

Fire Station 5 Hill Route (pdf)
Fire Station 5 Intersection Route (pdf)
UWEC Hill Route (pdf)
UWEC Intersection Route (pdf)


Walk Audits: What are they?

Walk audits are great tools in creating communities where residents can participate in making their vision of healthy, safe & walkable streets real. In a walk audit, community members go for a walk together, noting what makes their streets feel comfortable for walking and what’s missing.

Walk audits can vary in length and can be conducted by neighborhood associations, City staff, or other groups. Most often they are conducted in groups using checklists. The groups assess street infrastructure and conditions, documenting barriers, positive features, activities and perceptions of the walking environment.

Why have a walk audit?

A walkable community is a healthy, thriving place in which people of all ages and abilities can get where they need and want to go. Conducting a walk audit can be the start to having a positive change in our community and can lead to a more safe, accessible, and comfortable walking environment.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Contact Leah Ness, City Transportation Engineer in Engineering at 715-839-4934 or email leah.ness@eauclairewi.gov. We hope you join us and collaborate with other participants to make Eau Claire a more walkable community!