"Every doorstep in Flagstaff is a trailhead" - Jack Welch, local walking advocate
Walking in Flagstaff
- More than 13% of all trips in Flagstaff are made on foot. This is significantly higher than the national average of 3%
- In the central area of Flagstaff (Woodlands Village, Northern Arizona University (NAU), downtown, hospital area), 17% of trips are made by walking
- 7.5% of work commute trips in Flagstaff are made by walking, compared with the national average of 2.9%
- 80% of all walking trips are less than a mile in length. 10% of vehicle trips are also less than a mile in length, indicating that there is an opportunity in Flagstaff to shift trips from motor vehicles to walking
- The average length of a walking trip in Flagstaff is one-half mile
- Flagstaff's Trip Diary Survey found that 25% of respondents made at least one walking trip during the 24-hour study period
- Flagstaff is one of only a few communities with a formal Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and one of very few that celebrates its walkability with a week of events - Flagstaff Walks!
- Flagstaff has just over 50 miles of bicycle and pedestrian trails in the Flagstaff Urban Trails System (FUTS). FUTS trails are used extensively by walkers and cyclists for both transportation and recreation
If you would like to receive email notification of information of interest regarding pedestrian issues, including monthly meeting notices for the City's Pedestrian Advisory Committee, go to the Notify Me page and subscribe to the Pedestrian Advisory Committee list.
Flagstaff Walks! is a series of events, held each year in September and October, intended to celebrate Flagstaff's walkability and to raise awareness of pedestrian issues. See the schedule of events for 2018.
Active Transportation Master Plan
The City of Flagstaff is working on an active transportation (pedestrian-bicycle-FUTS) master plan to serve as a detailed guide to enhance walking, biking, and trails in Flagstaff. Learn more at the Active Transportation Master Plan page.
Flagstaff Earns Walk Friendly Community Status
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Flagstaff a bronze-level Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Walk Friendly Communities is a national program that recognizes communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Flagstaff is among eleven communities recognized in the inaugural round of Walk Friendly Communities, and the only one in Arizona.
Learn more about the Walk Friendly Communities program and view the Community Profile for Flagstaff.
Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Flagstaff's Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) is a group of citizens who are appointed by and report to the City's Traffic Commission on pedestrian issues. The PAC meets on the second Thursday of each month at 4:30 pm at City Hall.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend!
A walkability audit is a community-based exercise intended to highlight opportunities, identify obstacles, and evaluate how easy it is to get around your neighborhood on foot.