Michael Ronkin Presentation Feb 23, 2009
What is a Walkable Community?
- Can you walk or bike safely and easily in your neighbourhood?
- Is it pedestrian and bike friendly?
- Does the structure of your community support year-round walking and active living?
- Are the day-to-day services you need in your community within walking distance?
Key design ingredients that make a place walkable are:
- Direct routes - routes take you directly where you want to go
- Connectivity - sidewalks and bike paths that link users with destinations
- Calm traffic
- Safe street crossings
- Mixed use buildings and different levels of density
- Visual interest, amenities and destinations
- Good transit links
- Personal Safety