Walkable Cities' aim is to minimize the need to have or use cars and to make car alternatives enticing. In walking-friendly areas, people drive between 20 and 40 percent less, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A city can improve their "walk appeal” through infrastructure elements such as wide and well-lit walkways, safe pedestrian crossings, and connection to mass transit. Ultimately, walkable cities are easier and more attractive to live in, house happier citizens, and promote health, prosperity, and sustainability. According to Project Drawdown, Walkable Cities are ranked as the 54th best solution for reducing carbon emissions and slowing down climate change.
In one of the stories in this collection (see below), city planners in Milwaukie, Wisconsin pursue the ideal of “complete streets” that will enhance pedestrian and bicycle traffic across the city. Another explains the plan in Oslo, Norway to ban all cars from its city center by 2019 in order to promote pedestrian traffic. In Copenhagen, planners are using big data analysis to best allocate resources supporting pedestrians and bicycles. Several areas, including New York City, San Paulo and Barcelona, have implemented creative and cost-effective measures to increase walkability. This solution is one of the Drawdown Ecochallenge actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is featured in the Campus Ecochallenge.
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