The penultimate class session was a walk/roll audit, which was a welcome opportunity for everyone to meet in person (Zoom fatigue is real!) and apply what we have covered in class to a local situation. We conducted the walk/roll audit on a section of Losey Boulevard, which runs north-south through La Crosse and borders the east side of the UW La Crosse campus.
Losey was frequently cited during class discussions as a dangerous road for pedestrians, and its proximity to the Student Union, where in-person sessions of the Academy are held, made it an excellent candidate for an audit.
We used the Walk Audit Tool Kit, a free resource published by AARP. The Tool Kit is a user-friendly guide to assessing the safety and walkability of local streets. A set of worksheets accompany the guide, and they provide checklists for an assortment of situations: sidewalks, intersections, transit stops, street beautification, and more.