Why is walking such a key part of transportation solutions
No matter what mode one might chose to get around by, it will always involve walking at one point or another. While many commuters may not consider walking as an option at all, it’s a key piece of a region’s overall connectivity.
Places that have interconnected streets, safe sidewalks, and a mix of uses will be more comfortable to walk through, and will therefore draw more people. Policies and laws that support and encourage a place’s walkability, including outreach and education about local resources and destinations, can support greater rates of walking in addition to the other modes that rely on walking for first- and last-mile connections.
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