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Walking trends in the Fort Worth metro

Average daily walking trips dropped by 36% in the US between 2019 and 2022 — see how Fort Worth compares.

A concrete walking path cordoned off with chains. It overlooks a duck pond lined with trees.

If you’ve only seen Fort Worth from behind a windshield, have you really seen it?

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If you’ve been singing the lyrics “I walk a lonely road” a lot lately, you’re not… alone (well, in a sense). Fort Worth roads are actually even lonelier than many, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

If national averages indicate anything, it’s that roads overall may have been more lonely during the past few years. According to a recent data report by Streetlight, annual average daily walking trips dropped 36% in the US between 2019 and 2022.

How does that national average shake out in Fort Worth, and where are the best spots to raise those national trend (and step count) numbers? Let’s take a look.

By the numbers

  • -39% | Percent change in walking trips in Texas
  • -42% | Percent change in walking trips in Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
  • 35 | Fort Worth’s score out of 100 on Walk Score’s walkability meter

What does a percent change in walking trips mean? Say a metro area sees a -50% change in walking trips. This means, on average, walking trips declined by 50% in that area. (For the record, none of the top 100 metros in the study saw that much of a decline — the biggest dip was 49% in Akron, OH.)

Where to walk the walk

Wondering where you can get your steps in? Check out these pedestrian-friendly spots around town, from local parks to protected streets.

  • Trinity Trails | With 100+ miles of hiking, biking, and dog-walking trails across the county, there’s always somewhere nearby to get some steps in.
  • The Shops at Clearfork | Break in those Louis Vuittons with a walk to brunch, happy hour, or of course, more shopping.
  • Sundance Square | A quick jaunt will help you fit in more of the downtown food + wine offerings around the block — and you’ll probably catch some live music, too.
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