Walkability Study

The City of Johnston has hired Snyder and Associates to conduct a community wide Walkability Study that addresses overall connectivity of the sidewalk and trail network between neighborhoods, schools, parks, and business destinations to promote and allow for pedestrian and bicycle mobility within the community. General goals will be development of priority needs for short term and long term recommendations, best practices for new development areas, traffic safety and operations typical pedestrian crossing treatments, maintenance program considerations, and identification of Capital Improvement Program needs and other implementation strategies.

As part of this process, the City is actively soliciting public input to help identify areas of opportunities and areas of concern. To provide comments, please visit the Walkability Study Map Social Page cityofjohnston.com/walk, where you can provide comments directly on an interactive map by noting your favorite pedestrian routes, pedestrian destinations, gaps in pedestrian routes, problematic intersections, pedestrian safety hazards, beautification's needed and other points of interest. Your input through this portion of the process is requested to be submitted by June 18, 2018, so the data can be incorporated and addressed in the study.

Preliminary information on the Walkability Study will be presented to various City Boards and Commissions this summer, with a draft plan completed for review/comment by fall. Questions regarding the Walkability Study can be directed to John Schmitz, Parks Director at 515-727-8091 or jschmitz@cityofjohnston.com or Mindy Moore, AICP, Planner with Snyder and Associates at 515-964-2020 or mmoore@snyder-associates.com.

Click here to watch the YouTube video on how to add comments to the map.

The following maps provide information on the sidewalks and trails within Johnston. 


Depicts existing sidewalks and trails, gaps in sidewalks and planned future improvements
Existing Conditions

Depicts areas that are walkable or destinations where residents tend to walk to, including DART bus stops/routes
Destination Map

Zoomed in map showing the destinations along Merle Hay Road
Merle Hay Road Destination Map

Depicts type and locations of pedestrian/bicycle crashes from 2008-2017
Bike/Pedestrian Crash History Map