Hartford Wins “Walk Friendly” Designation

The city of Hartford has just won a Silver-level “Walk Friendly City” designation from Walk Friendly Communities (WFC), a national organization devoted to promoting urban walkability. Hartford is the first city in Connecticut to win the designation at any level, and its Silver rating puts it in the company of such walkable cities as Burlington, Philadelphia and Santa Monica. The designation is good for five years from 2018-2023, and can be be renewed upon application. WFC cited the iQuilt Plan (designed by Suisman), along with the city’s robust Complete Streets policy, zoning code, regional bike initiatives and comprehensive plan, as leading reasons why Hartford was honored at the Silver level. The Walk Friendly center is headquartered at the University of North Carolina and is sponsored by FedEx. The Suisman team congratulates the City of Hartford, the iQuilt Partnership, and Riverfront Recapture on this welcome recognition of Hartford’s pedestrian friendly public space. For more information go to walkfriendly.org