Pedestrian and bike friendly communities used to be the norm in the United States, but for the past several decades municipal design has favored the automobile. That trend is changing. People are voicing their concerns about our dependency on cars and asking for more opportunities to walk and bike around towns and neighborhoods. Planning boards and design professionals are listening and the result is many more sidewalks, hiker/biker trails, bike paths and greenways showing up in development projects nationwide. Connectivity to retail outlets, grocery stores, libraries and parks are other elements that impact community walkability.
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