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Build a Comprehensive Sidewalk Network

Sidewalks are roadways for walkers; they need to be comprehensive, integrated, and connected. Many communities and cities have discontinuous sidewalk systems that need connecting or upgrading to get people where they need to go. To most efficiently use their resources, jurisdictions should survey and analyze existing sidewalks to prioritize sidewalk improvements. Guidance Survey existing conditions … Continue reading Build a Comprehensive Sidewalk Network

Narrow or Reduce Travel Lanes

Streets frequently have more space allotted to cars than is necessary. This tactic entails redesigning new or existing roadways to reduce the width and number of travel lanes wherever possible. Techniques for achieving this include “road diets” and reducing travel-lane widths. A “road diet” typically refers to converting a roadway with two lanes in each … Continue reading Narrow or Reduce Travel Lanes

Adopt Accessible & Attractive Streetscape Design Guidelines

The shape and amenities of sidewalks, crosswalks, and plazas are often determined by streetscape design guidelines. These guidelines can require that walking infrastructure is accessible to all persons regardless of ability or stature, and they can help create a safe, pleasant place for people to walk, sit, stand, and move around. Guidance Create a community … Continue reading Adopt Accessible & Attractive Streetscape Design Guidelines

Permit Park(ing) Day Every Day

Inspired by Park(ing) Day, the annual event that invites citizens to transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks, cafes, and on-street bike parking, a local jurisdiction can create a simple, standard permit process to transform parking spots into longer-term public spaces. Guidance Seek a community partner to educate and engage the public Determine who … Continue reading Permit Park(ing) Day Every Day

Encourage Temporary Uses in Vacant Buildings and Sites

Local governments can create policies or programs to direct or fund temporary programming in privately or publicly owned vacant buildings or lots in order to create safer, more dynamic streets and sidewalks. Temporary uses can range from pop-up retail and art exhibitions to urban farms and community gardens. Guidance Create a working group with property … Continue reading Encourage Temporary Uses in Vacant Buildings and Sites

Transform Underutilized Malls into Walkable Destinations

Underutilized strip centers, malls, and aging office parks are ideal locations to transform into dense, mixed-use, walk-friendly destinations. The effort usually requires revising funding priorities, zoning regulations, and urban design guidelines in order to implement that walkable vision. Guidance Appoint a task force to organize regular and meaningful public participation, such as a series of … Continue reading Transform Underutilized Malls into Walkable Destinations

Diversify Suburban Land Use Regulations

Land use regulation amendments, ideally based on a vision created with broad-based public input, can encourage higher density and more diverse land uses in low-density residential developments. Guidance Consider zoning amendments that encourage: In-fill and row-house development New and diverse housing types, such as the construction of small homes in alleyways, above garages in single-family … Continue reading Diversify Suburban Land Use Regulations

Provide LOS Exemptions for Pedestrian, Transit, and Bicycling Infrastructure Improvements

This land use policy modifies how transportation impacts are analyzed and mitigated: When a proposed development would have a significant impact on motor-vehicle levels of service (LOS) in certain areas (transit corridors, transit stations, neighborhoods, or protected intersections), the policy would allow developers to replace automobile LOS mitigation with improvements for pedestrians, transit, or cyclists. … Continue reading Provide LOS Exemptions for Pedestrian, Transit, and Bicycling Infrastructure Improvements

Create Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

TOD is a compact, high-density, mixed-use development benefiting from its proximity to transit by supporting transit use, walking, and cycling. Guidance Create a strategic station-area development plan incorporating public input, and ideally backed by existing zoning regulations that recognize TOD principles Where existing regulations do not encourage TOD, proposed zoning exemptions could include reduced parking … Continue reading Create Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

Retrofit Street, Walking, and Bicycle Connections into Existing Suburbs

The construction of new street, bicycle, and/or pedestrians connections between existing streets on municipal land or private property. Guidance Finish connecting on existing rights-of-way paired with infrastructure improvements for community cooperation Investigate potential utility easements, alleyways, and planned streets that were never constructed as potential rights-of-way for connections Purchase private land lots, construct the desired … Continue reading Retrofit Street, Walking, and Bicycle Connections into Existing Suburbs