General Resources

Welcome to the I-WALK Resources. In addition to the resources below, I-WALK grantees may find project specific resources here.


  • January 11, 2011 - Overview of Resources and Next Steps (download powerpoiint .pptx or view video .wmv).

  • February 15, 2011 - Webinar recording .wmv, Partnership & Purpose .ppt, IDOE Max Christensen .ppt, GTSB Mick Mulhern .pptx, DNR Scot Michelson .ppt.

  • March 1, 2011 - Webinar recording .wmv, Webinar Intro .ppt, Infrastructure application 2011 .doc, Infrastructure scoring 2010 .doc, Infrastructure App Safety Scoring Pts .docx, IDOT Kathy Ridnour .pptx, INTRANS Chris Albrecht .pptx, Iowa Safe Routes to School Workshops .doc.

  • March 22, 2011 - Webinar recording .wmv, Seeger GPS Assessment .pptx

  • August 27, 2012 (.wmv and .pptx)
    This presentation provides a brief overview of the I-WALK program for fall 2012.

Please see the news section of the I-WALK site.

Walking with a Purpose (.pdf)
This resource will help your school conduct a walkability assessment of its neighborhood.  The checklist will help assess what makes the walking environment inviting and safe, as well as identify barriers that exist. After the assessment, school staff can help students become advocates for a more walkable community.

Teacher Tally (pdf or jpg)
This is the tally that will be administered by each 3rd- 5th grade classroom teacher over 3 consecutive days. Ideally this would be done in October to coincide with National Walk to School Day.

I-WALK Brochure (.pdf)

Teacher Tally Collection Recorder (.doc)
To ensure we gather as much data as possible, it may be helpful to keep a record of the teachers that the tallies were sent to in order to track who returned completed tallies. This template will help determine the percentage of students who participated.

CDC/NCEH: Healthy Community Design Checklist (.pdf)
The Healthy Community Design Initiative’s (HCDI) Healthy Community Design Checklist is now available. The plain-language checklist is for community members with little or no knowledge of the public health and built environment connection. It includes healthy community design elements that should be considered while participating in a land-use planning process. The checklist was piloted on two charrettes that engaged community members (a charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development). Charrette organizers found in their post-evaluation that community members learned a lot about healthy community design as a result of the presentation. They also said the checklist was useful in helping them make healthy land-use decisions for their community. The final concept development drawings, based on community input, reflected the community members’ new knowledge and desire to incorporate healthy community design principles into the plan.

Alliance for Biking and Walking: Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Repor
In the new report, Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2012 Benchmarking Report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors. The report is funded by CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative.

Federal Highway Administration: Livability Fact Sheets
Livability fact sheets are now available on FHWA’s livability website at The fact sheets provide information and examples on how considering livability during the transportation decision-making process can benefit communities. The fact sheet topics include health, housing costs, freight, land use, safety, management and operations, rural communities, and the environment.