Why is it important?
Walking is one of the City’s most popular pastimes, for recreation, exercise and as an alternative to automobile travel. Everyone in Santa Monica, including residents, visitors, and employees, walk on a regular basis; and walkability is often cited as one reason for Santa Monica’s popularity. Walking is increasing nationwide, as a means of exercising to improve health, and as a sustainable transportation choice. Walkable, bike-friendly, transit-oriented oriented communities are key components of the Santa Monica Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). Walking plays a major role in reducing traffic congestion and the City’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The pedestrian counts are used to measure the volumes of pedestrians on the City’s streets. However, the counts do not provide information as to the travel patterns of such trips, including direction and where trips begin or end.