Purpose

Transportation systems in San Antonio have given way to auto-oriented transportation, accommodating driving at the expense of walking. The Westside Walkability Coalition (walkWestside) seeks to make walking safer and easier in the Westside of San Antonio to encourage better health, cleaner air, and a vibrant community.

 

Vision

San Antonio’s walkWestside believes safety and mobility for people walking is a top priority in transportation. We work together to champion a safe, inviting, and interconnected community, fostering a healthy Westside.

 

Mission

San Antonio’s walkWestside works in collaboration with local partners to connect people to places through strategies that enhance the walkability, character, and design of safe, high quality walking networks in the Westside.

Why form a walkability coalition in the Westside?

 

Ways we can advocate:

  • Increase awareness that walking is a major mode of transportation
  • Identify major/priority issues around walking in Westside
  • Meet with and write letters to public officials to initiate changes and advocate for pedestrians first
  • Testify at public hearings for prioritizing pedestrian policies
  • Advise professionals about the status of pedestrian environments
  • Implement campaigns for issues around pedestrian safety and environments
  • Propose and support legislation
  • Produce and distribute educational materials
  • Lead fun walking groups (i.e. Walktober challenge)
  • Educate others on how to use their voice to advocate for pedestrian safety
  • Hold events and have speakers on walking advocacy, best practices, and pedestrian design
  • Can help inspire transportation agencies to expand their safety toolkits and allocate more funding for safe crossings and streets for pedestrians on the Westside
  • Walking audits or community assessment tools to highlight the pedestrian challenges in the community
Walking is good for one’s health

  • It benefits your heart, lungs, muscles, weight and energy
  • It reduces obesity and reduces the risk of diabetes. According to 2015 date, the San Antonio adult obesity rate is 35.6% of the population and adult diabetes is 10.6% of the population. According to 2013 data, the youth obesity rate is at 15%. The Westside shares a heavy burden of the chronic disease load in San Antonio in part due to poverty and lower educational attainment.
  • It is a safe, low-impact, low risk exercise for all ages.
Walking should be safe and easy for everyone

  • Street design must prioritize pedestrian safety and walkability over car speed and efficiency to be designed for the safety of people on foot.
  • According to Vision Zero, the Westside is an area of SA with one of the highest pedestrian crash and death rates. Faster traffic increases the likelihood of pedestrian fatalities. Traffic calming can slow speeds and make streets safer for pedestrians.
Walking builds connected communities

  • Pedestrians on the residential streets makes areas more neighborly, and pedestrians on commercial streets makes the areas more vibrant and helps businesses thrive.
  • Home values have more stability in more walkable communities