Walkability - Case Studies and Examples

John Pattison
John Pattison
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"How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community" (Podcast)

In this episode of our podcastIt’s the Little Things,Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.

"Walkable? Check. Urban? Check. Rural? Also Check."

Compact development isn’t just for big cities. Some of the best walkable urbanism in the world is in the smallest towns. And embracing this is the key to enjoying the best of both worlds: urban and rural.

"Able to Be Walked Is Not 'Walkable.'" (Video)

Just because a street has sidewalks, that doesn't mean it's safe or pleasant to walk on.

"Why Do We Think Walkable Towns Are Only for Tourists?"

Great urbanism: if it’s good enough for a vacation, then it’s good enough for everyday life.

"A Tale of Two Walks: Part 1"

Let’s take a walk together down two different streets, and observe what car-oriented places are like from the viewpoint of a pedestrian.

"A Tale of Two Walks: Part 2"

Our walk together continues on Fairfax Boulevard, where we encounter a much different (i.e., less friendly) pedestrian experience.

"Walking Makes Strides in All Kinds of Communities"

From inner-city Birmingham to small town Iowa to racially diverse suburbs of LA, the walkability movement is growing.

"How the Design of Corners Affects Speed"

Wide radii and slip lanes are examples of design choices that prioritize vehicle speed over the safety of people, inside or outside of cars. Simple infrastructure changes can make a big difference for safety.

"Why I'm Not a Pedestrian"

The way we design our cities, the metrics we track, and even ourlanguage— they all betray how we’ve come to prioritize cars over human bodies. What’s lost when our transportation paradigm doesn’t account for the diverse ways people still use our streets?

"An Ordinary Intersection"

An accidental photo essay courtesy of Street View provides us a look at the appallingly low standard for what we expect people who walk in suburbia to put up with.

"A Town Where Every Child Can Walk to School" (Video)

Lakewood, Ohio, is a "walking school district." The town has never, in its history, owned school buses, so streets are designed to ensure that every child can walk or bike to school.

"Most 'Pedestrian Infrastructure' Is Really Car Infrastructure"

Houston’s “Energy Corridor” gets a pedestrian makeover, but just one thing seems to be missing: pedestrians.

"Active Transportation Programs Design Guide"

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) created this guide to clarify details associated with treatments that the The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Pedestrian/Bicyclist (PBP) programs will favor for funding. Because this guidance is for safety programs, the guide emphasizes treatments intended to provide safer conditions for people who walk, bike, and roll, also known as pedestrians and bicyclists.

Walkability Maps - Close

Use these open data maps to track walkability of cities and communities across the United States. You can gauge how long it will take you to walk to various community institutions like parks, libraries, grocery stores, and more. You can learn more about this project through the Henry Spatial Analysis site


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