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Creating Walkable and Bikeable Communities



Release Date: 
December 2016 (280 pages)
Posted Date:   
December 22, 2016



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Guidance for creating walkable and bikeable communities has increased dramatically over the past several years. A growing list of resources identify the current best practices for increasing walking, cycling, universal access, complete streets, “first mile, last mile” solutions, and sustainable urban design. This document builds on these previous efforts but with a focus on the critical need for integrated planning. The document aims to—

  • Emphasize the importance of integrating land use, street design, and transportation strategies.
  • Focus on small to mid-size communities with low to moderate income (LMI).
  • Suggest innovative and exploratory ideas rather than restate regulatory statutes.
  • Increase the accessibility of these concepts to a wider range of potential users.
  • Provide the language needed to engage in dialogue and effect change to improve walkability and bikeability.