CMAP engaged thousands of residents in the ON TO 2050 planning process and people throughout the region expressed a strong desire for more walkable communities. Walkable communities have a variety of services, amenities, and transportation options safely accessible on foot. Such places exist throughout the region, from suburban downtowns and small town main streets to urban neighborhoods.
A new policy brief looks at communities across the region to assess areas where population density, existing amenities, and access to transit indicate opportunity to improve and invest in sidewalk infrastructure. Taking into account the needs and character of individual communities, planners and community members can use this data to optimize commercial development, close gaps in trails and multi-use paths, and make transit more accessible, among other uses. This is the second analysis of CMAP’s new sidewalk inventory, the first policy brief examined improving sidewalk coverage near transit.