Why Sidewalks Alone Don't Make A Walkable Community

There's a science to making a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.
December 1, 2004, 10am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Some suburban planners may think they've done their job for pedestrian accessability if they require sidewalks. But creating sidewalks that people actually want to and will use requires a greater commitment to balance the needs of walkers and cars.

"If you investigate this apparent paradox, you'll understand why simply installing sidewalks -- even sidewalks that meet government codes, and are wide enough to walk three abreast -- will not entice anyone but the most militant of walkers out of their cars."

Thanks to Sharon Machlis Gartenberg

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Published on Sunday, November 28, 2004 in MetroWest Daily News
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