A package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources, the fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, citizen activists and others to learn about and explain what makes a city, town or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages.
Each fact sheet, in what will be an 11-part series, is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or printed and distributed. We encourage sharing, so please feel free to forward the fact sheets and use them for discussions and research.
Here are six of the 11 fact sheets in the series. The rest willl be added soon. Follow us on Twitter @LivableCmnty or subscribe to the free Livable Communities monthly e-newsletter to learn when another fact sheet is ready.
Half of all trips taken in the U.S. are three miles or less, yet only 3 percent of commuting trips are by bicycle. By helping communities embrace bicycling as a healthy and viable transportation option, we can improve our numbers.
Roundabouts — circular intersections that move traffic counterclockwise around a central island — can help reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries. Sometimes it's smart to drive around in circles.
The average American household has 1.9 vehicles, and finding a place to put them when not in use consumes land, time and money. Here's how we can do a better job parking our cars.
Supersized, multilane roadways are fast-moving, unattractive and often impossible to cross. To protect both pedestrians and drivers many communities are putting their roads on "diets" by reducing street widths and the number of vehicle lanes.
As public spaces, sidewalks are the front steps to a community, activating streets both socially and economically. It makes little sense that in so many neighborhoods, sidewalks are rare and even non-existent.
To quote a Chinese proverb, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Here's why tree-lined streets matter.