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We want all Kentucky communities to strive to accommodate all modes of transportation whenever and wherever possible.
By providing communities with targeted training and technical assistance, capital support, and networking opportunities, we will increase the number of Kentuckians who live in walkable communities.

Why Walking?hiking
Many people in Kentucky have limited opportunities for physical activity. Improving the infrastructure and policies around transportation reduces roadway fatalities and injuries, improves the impact of air pollution, and prevents health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Access to active transportation, such as walking, also encourages socialization and promotes economic development. Walking is one of the most popular forms of physical activity for adults because it doesn’t require special skills or expensive equipment, and it can be incorporated into any busy lifestyle. Walking can uniquely be used as a practical exercise, allowing residents to get physical activity while performing daily routines such as commuting to work, to the grocery, to school and to many other locations.

Step It Up, Kentucky!
Step It Up, Kentucky! is a pledge to increase walking by building places where being physically active is not only safer and easier but also more engaging and fun! By joining Step It Up, Kentucky! you are contributing to a statewide walking movement that supports the Surgeon General’s call to action to create a culture that supports walking for Americans of all ages and abilities. Together we can take steps to make every community in the Commonwealth a great place to walk. For more information, please visit Step It Up, Kentucky!

Pedestrian Planning
Pedestrian plans are the first step to making communities more walkable. These detailed plans engage community members in identifying priorities for creating a safe and attractive walking and biking environment for people of all ages and abilities. A pedestrian plan adopted by local government will serve as official documentation of your community’s need and readiness for improvements to pedestrian facilities. Having these plans developed to a certain level of readiness provides opportunities to apply for funding to design and/or complete these projects. For more information, please visit the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet webpage.

Related Resources

Kentucky's Vision for Access to Physical Activity [PDF]
Learn more about Kentucky's plan to improve the walkability of our communities so that all citizens have access to safe, attractive and convenient opportunities for physical activity, whenever and wherever possible.
How to P.L.A.N. for a More Walkable & Bikable Community [PDF]
Pedestrian and Bicycling Travel Plans are the first step to making communities more accommodating for all modes of transportation. Follow these simple steps to help guide your community through the process of creating a detailed plan and getting it adopted by your local government.
America Walks Final Report and Recommendations for Collaborative Workshops on Walkable Kentucky Communities 2015 [PDF]
America Walks selected Kentucky as a host for workshops around building walkable communities. After the visit, they provided a final report with extensive recommendations for the committee to further their work.
America Walks Webinar: Transferable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky - Recorded 2/11/2016 [VIDEO]
This national webinar hosted by America Walks showcases Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. Watch this introductory webinar that explains how many Kentucky communities are taking the first step towards becoming more walkable.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
  • Directory of Kentucky Walk/Bike Programs & Groups
  • Kentucky Pedestrian & Bike Policy
  • Federal Guidance & Funding Opportunities
  • Walkability & Bikeability Checklists
  • Resources to Improve Physical Activity in Communities
Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism
  • Kentucky Trail Town: A How-to-Guide for Communities
  • Trail Town Workbook
  • Application Process for Trail Town Designation