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Walkability Tampa Bay 2015 - Community Opinions and Perceptions Report

By Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County

December 08, 2015

The Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County is the administrative arm of Partners in Obesity Prevention, a community coalition focused on reducing the prevalence of obesity in Hillsborough County.

One of the coalition's main objectives is to increase community physical activity levels. To meet this objective, the Physical Activity subgroup initiated Walkability Day Tampa Bay in 2014 and that effort was repeated for the entire month of May in 2015.

Walkability is defined as a measure of how friendly an area is for walking. The main goal of Walkability Tampa Bay was to promote physical activity and emphasize its benefits. This event encouraged citizens throughout the county to utilize a consumer-friendly walk-audit checklist to assess the walkability of their neighborhoods.

A total of 149 checklists were submitted via the online form, the US postal service and fax. Of these, 144 were completed within Hillsborough County.

The Community Opinions and Perceptions Report summarize the results for each of the questions on the walkability audit checklist.