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Walkable Blocks

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Walkable blocks is a street configuration that provides short high connectivity blocks to both increase pedestrian activity, reduce traffic speed through the neighborhood and reduce overall vehicle miles traveled.   Frequently, walkable blocks also have shallow building setbacks and greater building density to allow opportunities for interaction.

This tool focuses on how to incorporate walkability into your community, making it a safe place for all users.

There are many elements to consider when referring to walkable blocks, those elements include, but are not limited to: street connectivity, block length, street width, block size, block density, building height, intersection density, pedestrian route directness.  The Link/Node Ratio and Street Connectivity Index establish a metric to measure walkability in an area.  It is the number of links divided by the number of nodes within a development area.  A perfect connectivity score is 2.5.

One tool in this toolbox is a walkability audit.  It is an evaluation of the walking environment.  You can use a checklist, list of questions, or visual survey to identify areas of concern in the pedestrian environment.   Some other tools that would be beneficial to reference are complete streets and pedestrian – bicycle friendly design.

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