The Benefits of Creating a Walkable Community

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Recent studies show that in addition to the physical benefits associated with healthy communities, walkable communities can also provide economic and environmental benefits.

Economically, a town or city can benefit from having a more walkable environment. The presence of sidewalks and other walking facilities is shown to increase property value and promote tourism. Sidewalks and connected, well-maintained pedestrian networks allow citizens the ability to safely and conveniently patronize local shops, businesses, and restaurants.

Environmentally, increasing walkability can also have positive impacts on the community. Walking or biking can decrease car travel and thereby decrease harmful auto emissions. 

In addition to economic and environmental benefits, walkable communities also provide advantages for residents. Safe, walkable, environments can provide opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to stay socially connected and engaged. Delaware’s current obesity trends demonstrate the need for our citizens to increase their physical activity. Walking is an easy and inexpensive way to stay fit.

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