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30.3 Walking to Work and For Exercise

This indicator measures the percent of commuters who walked to work in Albuquerque and shows results of survey about residents walking for exercise.

This indicator is part of Low and high density living.

Indicator description:

This indicator measures the percent of commuters who walked to work in Albuquerque and six other peer cities. The results of 2005 and 2007 Albuquerque citizen surveys showing residents who often walk for exercise are also shown.  Results for the Southwest Mesa and South Valley were combined in these surveys. (Note: The 2011 survey did not ask this question.)

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Why is this indicator relevant?

More residents will walk to work and walk for exercise if their neighborhood environments are pedestrian friendly. Measuring the percentage of the workforce that commutes by walking and the percentage of residents who walk for exercise in their neighborhood gives insight into the balance of pedestrian friendly environments in Albuquerque’s Community Planning Areas (CPA).

Data Sources:
American Community Survey, US Census Bureau. City of Albuquerque, Citizen Perception of Community Conditions surveys, 2005, 2007.

What can we tell from the data?

  • The percentage of Albuquerque residents who commuted by walking has a four year trend of a slight increase with 2011 larger than 2008. The four year average is 2.03%.
  • Four other peer benchmark cities reported a higher level of commuters who walked to work than Albuquerque. Other benchmark cities had rates similar to Albuquerque’s, although the Oklahoma City and El Paso rates wer somewhat lower.
  • At least 29% of the residents in every CPA strongly agreed with the statement, “Neighborhood residents often walk for exercise in my neighborhood.”
  • The percentage agreeing with the statement increased or stayed the same in six of the nine CPAs between 2005 and 2007. The percentage in Albuquerque overall increased between the 2005 and 2007 surveys.


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