A key component of walkability is getting people across streets through the appropriate location and use of crosswalks, bridges, pathways or other safe and efficient crossings. In areas of high pedestrian and automobile traffic (e.g., downtown, school areas, commercial corridors and gateways, etc.), bump-outs not only make crossing easier for pedestrians, but they provide a visual cue to drivers to look for people in the crosswalk.
Encourage Walking and Bicycling
The community and city can encourage walking and bicycling via the use of existing walking tours, developing a wayfinding system with maps, participating in the Safe Routes to School program, supporting various pedestrian and bicyclist organizations, and enforcing pedestrian laws vigilantly. To further educate and promote alternative modes of transportation, the community can expand its walking tours to include formal tours for bicyclists.
In addition, the strategic placement of amenities such as benches, bicycle racks and lockers throughout the community will also encourage walking and bicycling. Part of this effort is already underway through the Bicycle Pedestrian Path Advisory Committee as well as the community’s and SAU 29’s participation in the Safe Routes to School program, which identifies safe routes to and from school, assists in education and awareness for both students and parents, and assists in making physical improvements to sidewalks within the vicinity of schools. This strategy directly links to Vision 2020 goal 4.6: Increase path infrastructure to promote active living.