Walkers Wanted for Survey

by Katie Pyzyk July 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm 2,942 36 Comments

Efforts are underway to make Arlington more friendly to walkers, and your input could help influence future improvements.

The national survey is aimed at finding out what motivates avid walkers and what prevents others from walking more. WalkArlington and Arlington County Commuter Services have teamed up to conduct the survey locally.

To take the online survey, click here. It takes about fifteen minutes and results are anonymous. The deadline has been extended to this Friday. Everyone who participates is entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

  • Hi – when you take the survey from the link provided, it is filling in all the information I presume you yourself put into the form – including your household income and your email addresses…. wasn’t sure how to contact you (didn’t save the email!) but thought you might like to know…

    • Katie Pyzyk

      Apologies, the link was corrupted when it was sent by the press person. Hopefully it now works, but please let me know if it is still glitching. Everyone can ignore the deadline listed, because it has been extended to this Friday, July 29.

  • CW

    “Please complete the survey no later than July 15, 2011.”

    • blomster

      From the article: “The deadline has been extended to this Friday.”

      • CW

        Don’t believe it was there at the time I made that comment. Or I missed it.

  • Mark

    answers already filled in and deadline passed: perfect!

    • Cheech

      Thank you for taking this metaphysical survey.

      • CW

        In Soviet Russia, survey takes you!!!

  • Pancakes

    Two words, moving sidewalks. In this day and age can’t we have them? Why be active when we have the technology to be incredibly lazy?

    • Cheech

      That will waste energy and spew carbon into the atmosphere.

      I will settle for them making Arlington all downhill.

      • Pancakes

        True, but what about solar powered moving sidewalks? I think I’m on to something.

        • Cheech

          Mechanical friction will contribute to global warming. There is no free ride!

          • Aaron

            I realized today that the Capital Bikeshare stands near my home and office are always full to overflowing in the morning, probably because they’re at the bottom of gentle inclines, further proving that the primary purpose of CaBi is for pedestrians to go downhill slight faster.

            So with that precedent in mind, why doesn’t ArlCo spend a couple million in the next fiscal year to install Slip n Slides along major thoroughfares? I promise I will use it more than a trolley.

          • Chong
      • Chong

        Back in my day, Arlington was all uphill. Both ways.

        • Sheila

          Thank you for this very apt description.

    • Justin Russo

      Yeah, the moving stairways on Metro have been such stellar performers.

      • Pancakes

        What about putting all of the kittens that need adoption to work? Perhaps some kind of rickshaw service pulled by cats to escort Arlingtonians around town?
        I’m not trying to pat my own back but I think I may be a genius.

  • BerryBerryCold

    If Arlington can solve extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, as well as distances between place I am and want to go , as well as moving items from either my house to other locations or from other places to my house, I will walk more.

  • Tabby

    Good grief that is long!

    Provide some “in progress” info so you know it’s 40% done, etc.

    • Cheech

      It only took me two questions. I win!

  • Hank Hill

    Waiting for the day the communists in Arlington ban cars.

    • Boomhauer


    • mao

      not so fast — have to burn all the flags first

  • ArlForester

    I guess there are plans to remove more easements for cars like they did at Fairfax/Glebe and GMason/Wilson intersections. People are too stupid to look for approaching cars so we are inconvenienced.

  • John Fontain

    Survey questions:

    “Please describe the manner in which you typically walk:

    A. Right foot first, then left foot next.
    B. Left foot first, then right foot next.”

    “Based on the answer to the preceding question, do you often repeat that pattern as you continue to walk?

    A. Yes
    B. No”

  • TGEoA

    I thought th title said Wankers wanted for survey, and knew they came to the right place.

  • walking is too slow

    face it: boring irritating arlington landscapes better for biking or running

    • lets get walking

      Took the survey, only about 5 mins, you ahoul take it too

      • walking is too slow

        since i never complete an entire trip by walking — I either bike or walk to the bus stop — the survey said I wasn’t qualified to take it.


    My advice to make it safe for walkers in Arlington: Stop texting while walking and look both ways before crossing the street while you are texting.

    • Bluemontsince1961


  • Skeptical

    I took the survey. On several questions, no answer was applicable to me but it was not possible to skip the question or check an NA option. So already, what they’ve produced is a sort of “push poll” that squeezes people into one of several categories that don’t actually reflect walking, working and commuting patterns.

    I’m just flabbergasted that someone thinks it’s necessary to have walking organizations, walking clubs, etc. to, what? Explain to people how to walk? Didn’t we all learn to do that at around 18 months?

  • GrandArch

    Why did you ArlNow post the survey link so late in the process? For those of us who are a little behind in reading links, this means we got the survey too late to participate.


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