Neighborhood Connections

Increasing neighborhood walkability will be key to achieving overall community walkability. As people walk or ride bicycles more frequently, the reduction in automobile trips will reduce air pollution, increase Keene’s air quality, help lower the community’s carbon footprint and raise overall public health. Appropriate connections should be provided according to neighborhood location. In urban neighborhoods, a complete sidewalk system with crosswalks, bicycle lanes or extra shoulder space for bicycles should be provided as part of a very high level of connectivity, offering multiple route choices. In suburban neighborhoods, sidewalks and pathways may be limited to major roadways, connecting schools and homes and suburban village activity centers. In rural areas, connectivity may come in the form of regional multi-use trails and wide shoulders along rural routes that are marked for use by cyclists and pedestrians. It may also come in the form of designated footpaths connecting more than one rural residential area. The community should strive to provide the most appropriate scale of connectivity for all neighborhoods.