The Walking Detective™

With The Walking Detective™, kids can conduct walking audits to find clues and collect evidence to show how walkable their communities are. They can build a case report to show city officials what things are working well and what things need to be improved.

A scoring guide helps them evaluate sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic, safety and amenities like parks and benches. They gather evidence by taking photos, drawing pictures and maps, and making notes, then put their findings in a letter to their city leaders. 

Download the printable Walking Detective workbook with student instructions

Want to go paperless? Follow the steps below to complete the Walking Detective investigation online.

STUDENTS: If you want to share your work with your teacher, be sure to fill in your teacher’s name, school name and school district on this page. If you are taking this for fun, you don’t need to enter this information.

TEACHERS: If you would like to receive student answers fill out this form: https://forms.gle/hgAxonrJKE5dL3W66

Note for parents: KC Healthy Kids will not publicly share names of students. The names are only for your student’s teacher using the Walking Detective for credit.

  1. Watch “How to be a Walking Detective” to get started.
  2. How walkable is your community? Complete the clue checklist to discover your neighborhood’s walkability score.
  3. Do your part to advocate for a walkable community! Collect your evidence and create a case report. Use it to show your lawmakers which things make it easy to walk and bike, and which things make it hard.

Walk along with Andrea Clark, policy and planning associate at KC Healthy Kids and the creator of The Walking Detective as she explores Kansas City Neighborhoods.

The Walking Detective™ Explores South Hyde Park
The Walking Detective™ Explores Juniper Gardens
The Walking Detective™ Explores Blue Hills
The Walking Detective™ Explores Armour Hills

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