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Health by Design

Health by Design, a coalition dedicated to promoting spaces that encourage healthy living, has developed and started to implement a strategy aimed at making Indianapolis in Marion County (Indiana) safer and more accessible for pedestrians. To do this, the coalition launched Walkways: Moving Indy Forward, an initiative to make Indianapolis more walkable and to get more people walking. We want Indianapolis to be safer, more accessible and inviting for people to walk, or roll, for those who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Every resident and visitor should be safe and comfortable in our public rights of way. That’s why WalkWays has created a comprehensive pedestrian program for Marion County and developed a pedestrian master plan that will help promote community walkability and walking. Click the logo below to learn more about this initiative.





Learn more about our impact:

Success story: April 2016                                  Success Story: September 2015                Mini-webinar

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Indianapolis / Marion County Pedestrian Plan      Appendix A: State of Walkability                                          Appendix B: Prioritization Methodology                   

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Kim Irwin, Executive Director of Health by Design in Indianapolis, outlines the coalition’s pedestrian plan and community engagement strategies.

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Coalition Members:
American Planning Association – Indiana Chapter
Health by Design City of Indianapolis
Indiana Public Health Association
Marion County Public Health Department

For more information about the Health by Design project, visit

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