Walkability and Connectivity

What are Walkability and Connectivity?

Walkability and connectivity are used to describe how easy it is to navigate an area by foot, bike or even hoverboard; how quickly, conveniently, and pleasantly you can get from one place to another.

In Crafton and Ingram

The neighborhoods here are nicely walkable. That’s a strength that many people have IMG_5893.JPGdiscussed. Residential areas, schools, churches, and businesses are located close enough to one another that it’s easy to walk between them; there are sidewalks on many streets; it’s enjoyable to wander around, with plenty of trees and spots to encounter neighbors.

In a few areas, there are opportunities to enhance and build upon existing walkable
networks. For example, walkability could be improved at the shopping center. Also, increased connectivity to bus stations could support public transit use and further welcome commuters stepping off the bus. We’re taking a thorough and sustained look at where schools, parks and other community amenities can be linked more effectively.

What’s Next?

Strategies to build greater walkability and better-connected neighborhoods include:  landscaping, redesigning sidewalks and pathways, figuring out where people walk the most and where people could walk more, improving crosswalks and traffic accommodations for pedestrians, and adding amenities to streetscapes that encourage walking (benches and flower planters, for example). Over the course of the next months, we’ll be working together to figure out what the best moves to make on this topic are.

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