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The concept of “walkable cities’ has several contributing factors, all generally grouped under the value of feet over wheels. At the heart of the effort is minimizing the need to have or use cars and making the alternatives enticing, all accomplished through careful planning and design. In walking-friendly areas, people drive between 20 and 40 percent less, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A core methodology for the walkable city is to create “walk appeal” through infrastructure elements such as dense development, wide and well-lit walkways, safe pedestrian crossings, and connection to mass transit, as well as access to mixed-use retail and residential space. Ultimately, walkable cities are easier and more attractive to live in, house happier and healthier citizens, and promote health, prosperity, and sustainability.
In this collection, city planners in Milwaukie, Wisconsin pursue the ideal of “complete streets” that will enhance pedestrian and bicycle traffic across the city; Oslo is banning all cars from its city center by 2019 in order to promote pedestrian traffic; Copenhagen planners are using big data analysis to best allocate resources supporting pedestrians and bicycles; and in New York City, San Paulo and Barcelona, creative and cost-effective measures have been implemented to increase walkability.
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