Let’s re-imagine a street network where everyone from 8 to 80 years old can move about their city and feel safe regardless of their mode of travel.

Road Diets: Reducing a four lane road to a three or two lane road with more bike/pedestrian facilities

  • 3-5 MPH reduction in speed
  • 3 lane streets can handle as much traffic as 4 lane
  • Road Diets can increase car parking
  • Can be very cheap when coordinated with routine resurfacing

 

Traffic Calming: The slowing of traffic by building speed bumps or other physical obstructions

  • 92% decrease in retail vacancy on Hendersonville, NC Main St after traffic calming
  • 25-50% of public space in cities is made up of streets and parking
  • 50% reduction in violent crime in Dayton, OH following speed reductions and limiting access to alleys

 

Walkability: A measure of how friendly an area is to walking

  • A one point increase in Walk Score increases home values by $700-$3000
  • Retail properties with Walk Score of 80 are valued 54% higher than those with a Walk Score of 20.
  • Retail properties with Walk Score of 80 have 42% higher operating income than those with a Walk Score of 20.
  • People who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks are 47% more likely to be active at least 30 minutes per day

 

Source: AARP.org/Livable