Launch of ‘How Walkable is Your Town’ by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald.

At the NDA annual conference on the 12th October 2015, the Minister for Justice and Equality, Ms Frances Fitzgerald launched the ‘How Walkable is Your Town’ report:

‘It's a report that demonstrates the fact that good design of roads and streets in our towns and cities is key to ensuring that people can get out and about in their local area and participate in all their community has to offer. This report captures the learning from people who conducted Walkability Audits around their towns and highlights the value of using Universal Design to audit how easy it is to get around roads and streets in urban centres.’

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority worked with Age Friendly Ireland to produce the report. The Walkability Audits were carried out as part of the 2014 Age Friendly Town Programme which ran in eight Irish towns and urban centres.

The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design intends to use the data collected and experience gained from the process to inform the development of a national audit tool for roads and streets, using a universal design approach. The Age Friendly Town programme is using the data collected in each of the towns to make targeted improvements in each of the individual areas.'How Walkable is your Town'