Pedestrians Walking on Lawrence Sidewalks

Walk Friendly Community

The City of Lawrence received a “Silver” designation from the national Walk Friendly Communities program. Scores range from Bronze (lowest), Silver, Gold, to Platinum (highest).

The Walk Friendly designation is based on community efforts to expand opportunities for walking and to improve pedestrian safety across a wide range of programs and activities, from planning and design to outreach and law enforcement.

Report Card – Released April 25, 2017
Walk Friendly Communities Webpage

Regional Pedestrian Plan

A regional pedestrian planning process to explore sidewalk and pedestrian mobility issues in Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin City and Lecompton is underway. The creation of a coordinated Regional Pedestrian Plan includes strategies for making pedestrian facility investments and for confirming the importance of the walking environment in the multimodal transportation system.

The Regional Pedestrian Plan will identify a pedestrian network and recommendations for roadways designated as collector and above on the MPO-KDOT-FHWA Roadway Functional Classification Map.

The Plan:

  • Reviews existing plans, policies and planning efforts that address walking and/or pedestrian infrastructure in the region and describe how those documents policies and processes will be coordinated with and supported by the MPO’s Regional Pedestrian Plan. This includes coordinating the Pedestrian Plan with the other MPO planning documents including: the Countywide Bikeway System Plan, the Fixed Route Transit and Pedestrian Accessibility Study, and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan – Transportation 2040 (T2040).
  • Develops a public input plan for the Regional Pedestrian Planning Process to solicit information about the community’s priorities for multimodal transportation infrastructure.
  • Evaluates the existing pedestrian facility conditions and identifying gaps in the sidewalk/pathway network on roadways designated collector and above at a minimum.
  • Identifies a priority walking network of routes that include access to major destinations (including schools) and links to other modes of transportation, including bus service, and park & ride lots.
  • Drafts new or revised policies, programs and projects designed to make Douglas County more Pedestrian/Walk Friendly in the 5 E’s (Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation).  Identify a set of action steps for the local governments to continue integrating pedestrian planning into community and transportation planning processes, and to complete identified projects.

Regional Pedestrian Plan – Approved by the MPO Policy Board on October 5, 2016

Public Comments received and MPO response


Regional Pedestrian Plan Steering Committee Roster

Existing Related Plans and Documents