Benefits of More Walkable Neighborhoods

  • January 18, 2017

As the car-centric world starts shifting toward the walkability trend, neighborhoods are seeing property values rise and quality of life improve.  Enabling pedestrianization of a neighborhood is the first step toward urban renewal, commitment to a better environment, and a revamped sense of community. 

Some of the biggest benefits of more walkable neighborhoods include:

1.     Improved Health

A 30-minute walk can burn 100 calories or for every 12 blocks or so walked a day, the risk of obesity drops 4.8%. 

2.     Traffic Safety

More pedestrians encourage better street design, reduced speed limits, and safer crosswalks.

3.     Sense of Community

Neighborhoods with heavy foot traffic have less litter and some even see a decline in crime because residents spend more time walking around and contributing.

4.     Stimulates the Economy

Walkers spend as much as 65% more than drivers zooming by shop windows.  Fast Company reports that biking and walking provide an estimated ROI of $11.80 for every $1 invested.  Converting one Brooklyn parking lot into a pedestrian plaza boosted retail sales 172%.

5.     Promotes Sustainability

A Canadian study reported that driving one less day a week can reduce greenhouse gas emission as much as 3.8 million tons each year.  On a no-car day in Paris, the city reduced smog by 40%.

A more walkable neighborhood inspires civic responsibility and engages members of the community.


Sources: Fast Company, Arup 


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