Volunteers are needed to take part in a mid-April “walkability” survey sponsored by Westchester County and AARP New York to evaluate the safety and accessibility of the county’s sidewalks, roads and traffic intersections for pedestrians. 

The survey is part of AARP New York’s statewide “Complete Streets Week: Making New York Walkable for All Generations” audit, and it will take place from April 19 to 23.

 “Complete Streets” balances the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and public-transit users with motorists.

The project is led in Westchester by the county’s Livable Communities initiative, and the evaluation of numerous intersections will be coordinated through its regional Livable Community Connection sites.  The initiative is the signature project of the Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS), and its goal is to enable seniors to remain in their homes as they age.

The volunteers will assess conditions such as whether there are adequate traffic signals, properly marked crosswalks, unbroken sidewalks, legible street signs and traffic lights that allow enough time for people with limited mobility to cross the road.   

These conditions are important for people of all ages but are crucial for parents holding the hands of young children or pushing infants in baby carriages, individuals who use wheelchairs, and, of course, seniors.

For more information, please check out our Senior Services section.