Opening Eyes with a Walk

“Walkability” and the availability of bicycling and transit facilities are increasingly desirable community attributes to residents and homebuyers, across the age and economic spectrum. But how do you assess these attributes, or share them with colleagues and clients? And how do you advocate for healthier community design? A walk audit is a facilitated group walk of an area to experience how conducive an environment is to routine walking, cycling, and transit use.

This session will demonstrate how walk audits educate participants on healthy design principles and best practices, help them experience the current conditions, and inspire them to advocate for infrastructure and policy improvements for the economic, environmental, and public health of the community.

*This course has been approved by the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce for 1 hour of Minnesota Real Estate Continuing Education.


Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television.