Walkable Communities, Inc.

Walkable Communities, Inc. is a non-profit corporation, established in the state of Florida in 1996. It was organized for the express purposes of helping whole communities, whether they are large cities or small towns, or parts of communities, i.e. neighborhoods, business districts, parks, school districts, subdivisions, specific roadway corridors, etc., become more walkable and pedestrian friendly. It is the organization's premise that: Walkability is the cornerstone and key to an urban area's efficient ground transportation. Every trip begins and ends with walking. Walking remains the cheapest form of transport for all people, and the construction of a walkable community provides the most affordable transportation system any community can plan, design, construct and maintain. Walkable communities put urban environments back on a scale for sustainability of resources (both natural and economic) and lead to more social interaction, physical fitness and diminished crime and other social problems. Walkable communities are more liveable communities and lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in them.


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High Springs, FL US
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Article Icon Article / Paper / Report Building Communities With Transportation
"Important change ... is happening in rural hamlets, middle burgs and huge metropolises. While some folds are just getting from feet into mechanical transport for the first time in civilizations' history, others are learning to return to their feet and to build with proper scale and proportion in land use. My lecture focuses on the early steps of returning towns and people to sensible, smart growth, sustainable, people-focused transportation and land use practices. I will reflect on what is going on in both urban and suburban places."
--  Dan Burden
Walkable Communities

Article Icon Article / Paper / Report Street Design Guidelines for Healthy Neighborhoods
"A major shift in the way we design neighborhoods is taking place across America and street design is re-emerging as a major element of neighborhood street engineering, town planning and real estate development. These guidelines identify ways to design new neighborhoods that will be more interactive, walkable, enjoyable and livable."
--  Dan Burden
Walkable Communities

Case Study
Third Street Promenade- Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica, CA
"In 1965...Santa Monica turned three blocks of its main downtown street into the Third Street Mall, and ultra-spacious auto-free zone. The problem was that this extra-wide space was too big and too daunting for the pedestrian population...and remained that way until the late 1980s, when it underwent a radical face lift, and was transformed into the Third Street Promenade."
Main Street - Littleton, NH
Littleton, NH
This town of 6,000 serves as a regional center and recently used "placemaking" to develop new concepts with the community and NHDOT for a total reconstruction of Main Street starting in 2005. CSS experiments were used to test the validity and acceptability of potential changes.
Signals and Timing: Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria, VA
Good use of space, with maximum quiet flow of traffic and wide crosswalks.
Mid-block Crosswalks: City Place, West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach, FL
City Place has one of the nation's most attractive crossings, with lots of pavers, palm trees and other architectural details. Chicanes on both sides of the road create a tropical island for crossing pedestrians.
Bulbout: Cotati, California
Cotati, CA
This sidewalk extension is under construction on Old Redwood Highway, a two-lane road in a small rural town.
Bicycle Facilities: Bellevue, WA
Bellevue, WA
Bicycle lanes on a four-lane road with a diverter near transit stops. Bellevue has numerous bike lanes on many or most principal roads and many wetland and other trails.
Bicycle Facilities Davis, CA
Davis, CA
Two-way bicycle lane on a commercial street separated by a planted buffer from both the road and the sidewalk. Davis, CA and its university campus are considered by many to be among the "bicycle champions" because of their extensive bike lanes, trails, bridges, tunnels, parking, signals and more.
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara has an excellent waterfront trail system, downtown bike lanes, roadway underpasses and other facilities. The waterfront trail features a two-way bicycle lane and a pedestrian walkway, all separated from the road by a raised concrete border. Bicycle lanes are available on State Street downtown, and bicycle racks are installed on commercial streets downtown. Bicycle lanes can also be found next to bus pull-outs at transit stops.
Bridges: Richmond, Virginia
Richmond, VA
A set of slaloms form this unique cable suspended pedestrian bridge, hung between two wide columns.
Intersection: Kihei, Hawaii (Maui)
Maui, HI
This intersection uses medians, median noses and pork chop islands, narrow lanes, and lush landscaping.
Intersection: Abacoa, Florida
Abacoa, FL
An intersection still awaiting some infill development, but well scaled with its surroundings.
Bulbouts in Anderson, SC
Anderson, SC
Downtown Anderson, South Carolina features landscaped sidewalk extensions with inset diagonal parking, in addition to paved sidewalks and crosswalks.
Bulbouts in Encinitas, CA
Encinitas, CA
Landscaped sidewalk extension with a bench and a mosaic trash can. This treatment was given to intersections along historic Route 101 with attention to details, and public art.
Washington, D.C.: Connecticut and K
Washington, DC
Perhaps America's top-performing intersection, 6-lane Connecticut intersecting with true boulevard ("K") street.
Washington, D.C.: Pennsylvania Ave. and 9th Street
Washington, DC
Washington, DC, has many good intersections, with tight lanes and exceptional attention to details. This one features turn lanes for buses, but is pedestrian friendly.
Intersection: Kirkland, Washington
Kirkland, WA
Crosswalks enhance a vibrant shopping street and handle a steady flow of people and cars.
Intersection: Beverly Hills, California
Beverly Hills, CA
The Crossing of the Stars with a "Barnes dance" operation and compact dimensions.
Intersection: Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, RI
At this large downtown intersection, medians and some median noses were used to make it more pedestrian friendly.
Intersection: Holland, Michigan
Holland, MI
This shopping street joins and crosses an arterial, and honors pedestrian movements.
Crosswalks: Half-signal Crossing, Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Tucson has the greatest variety of successful mid-block crossings in the nation. Pedestrian actuated half-signals allow pedestrians to cross each section of the street separately.
Mid-block Crosswalks: Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA
University Place, WA
Bridgeport Way is a busy boulevard with a very thin median. Many of its crosswalks are signal controlled with high quality signs, markings and pavings, and lighting.
Mid-block Crosswalks: Clearwater, FL
Clearwater, FL
Carefully designed staggered mid-block crosswalk using pavers, well defined crossing in an African-American neighborhood.
Intersection: La Mesa, California
La Mesa, CA
Bulbouts were used to keep a compact main street form.
Mid-block Crosswalks: Bellevue, WA
Bellevue, WA
N.E. 8th St. is a busy five-lane transit corridor with staggered crossing islands at many transit stops.
Mid-block Crosswalks: School Zone in Olympia, WA
Olympia, WA
This school-zone crossing boasts a staggered, paved crosswalk through a nicely planted pedestrian island. Staggered crossings force pedestrians to look right and face traffic before crossing the second portion of the road.
Palo Alto, Stanford University , CA
Palo Alto, CA
Bicycle lanes on a two-way street near Stanford University featuring a signed crosswalk with a crossing island, part of a city-wide and campus-wide system of bicycle facilities.
Bicycle Lanes in Portland, OR
Portland, OR
Bicycle lane on Broadway; a multi-lane road. Portland's got it all - bike lanes, reduced lane widths, bicycle parking, floating pontoon trails, and many exceptional inventions.
Missoula, MT
Missoula, MT
This bridge treatment provides safe sidewalks separated from the bike lanes by a guard-rail, with four traffic lanes and a raised median.
Intersection: Durham, New Hampshire
Durham, NH
A pleasant, compact intersection and fork in the road, with strong emphasis on pedestrians.
Intersection: Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu has many intersections that use landscaping features to help control pedestrian movements.
Bicycle Facilities: Mesa, AZ
Mesa, AZ
A bicycle lane next to a parking lane on a four-lane road with a raised median. Mesa has several significant new boulevard bicycle lanes.
University Place, WA
University Place, WA
Bicycle lanes on a two-lane road feature a planted median and sidewalk with a green buffer. In some locations, bike lanes are also located next to parking lanes. In just five years, University Place went from no bike lanes to over 40 miles including a new waterfront trail and six bicycle-friendly roundabouts.
Mid-block Crosswalks: East Lansing, MI
East Lansing, MI
This mid-block crosswalk traverses a major five-lane boulevard. The 60-100 foot median has a great canopy for waiting pedestrians, with elaborate architectural features.
Bicycle Facilities in San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Bicycle lane at the Embarcadero. San Francisco has an extensive system of bike lanes that go over bridges, through parks, and at the waterfront. Some say that the Golden Gate Bridge trail is one of the premier walks/biking experiences in the world.
Crosswalks: Toucan Crossings, Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
At these half-signal concept Toucan Crossings in Tucson, AZ, motorists stop for short periods to allow bicyclists and pedestrians highly efficient crossings. A pedestrian island, sometimes covered, forces cars to turn right, while allowing safe crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Bicycle facilities, Lauderdale By The Sea, FL
Lauderdale By The Sea, FL
Converting Ocean East from a four-lane road to three lanes provides room for a bicycle lane. Lauderdale By The Sea also features good bicycle treatments along U.S. A-1-A, in addition to some trails.
Bicycle Facilities Ft Lauderdale, FL
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Bicycles share the road in Ft. Lauderdale, which has an extensive network of bicycle lanes on local and state routes.
Bicycle Facilities in Olympia, WA
Olympia, WA
Bicycle lane on a four-lane road with a diverter and a mid-block crosswalk. Olympia has a number of bicycle lanes, traffic calming sensitive adaptations, bridges, and trails.
Bulbouts in Davis, CA
Davis, CA
Planted sidewalk extensions were added by developer of a mixed-use building on C Street near the Farmers Market.
Bulbouts in Easton Town Center in Columbus,OH
Columbus, OH
In Easton Town Center sidewalk extensions have been added to many streets along with inset parking, and a number of sidewalk amenities including contextual lights, trash receptacles, signage, bollards, landscaping, a kiosk, and chairs and tables.
Bicycle Lane in St Petersburg, FL
St Petersburg, FL
Bicycle lane next to parking lane on a one-way street in St Petersburg, FL. The street has three traffic lanes, one bike lane and curbside parallel parking lanes on each side. The city is working on a major trail linking from Pinellas Trail to Gandy Bridge to Tampa, and many miles of bike lanes.
Mid-block Crosswalks: Olympia Avenue, Olympia, WA
Olympia, WA
Olympia Avenue is a five-lane, suburban style road with raised, staggered crossings, and well-lit, advance stop lines for cars.
"If all we're doing is addressing is shorter times for travel greater distances, then we're not solving our long term mobility. Shorter trips and more access is the way to address mobility problems."

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"I see mobility as a problem, not a solution. Focusing on mobility incites sprawl, and building more sprawl-inducing roads is going to decrease mobility in the long term."

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"Until we build real communities, all we're gonna do is build more traffic."

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"Mobility is a huge part of the problem - if done wrong, it undoes all the other good things we try to include in good design."

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"Pedestrians and bicyclists don't need mobility. They need accessibility - roads that provide continuity, connections, and frequent destinations."

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"Traffic engineers are always talking about enhancements in terms of 'trade-offs', but it's not a trade off to add landscaping and curb extensions and make the street safer for pedestrians and drivers alike. Even if improving the road for all users increases commuting time through Main Street by a minute, let's call it a value, not a trade-off."

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"Now that we have become nearly saturated with traffic many hours a day in many of our towns and intersection locations ... Real mobility is going to come from transportation choice. Providing better access means that more people are going to have that choice, and leave space for those choosing only one mode."

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"Measures in places like in Birmingham, Michigan, show reduced speeds of 10-15 mph when street trees are present on same width streets. Landscaping is now considered a primary component of traffic calming."

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