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In too many communities, it can be impossible to get around if you don't have a car. In too many communities, sidewalks are few and far between. For too many years, transportation policies have mostly served people using fast-moving vehicles rather than public transit, bicycles or their own two feet. But a street that's safe for a 70-year-old to cross to shop is safe for a 7-year-old walking to school. Complete, smartly planned streets and transportation options are great for people of all ages.
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Here's how to assess the walkability and safety of the roadways in your community — and use the results to advocate for change
Getting around without a car is possible when housing, work and transportation needs are planned and placed together
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Smart planning put shopping within walking distance of homes. Poor planning separated the areas by four lanes of fast-moving traffic
New Obstacles for People With Disabilities
How to Get a Traffic Light Installed
Bike lanes reduce the frequency of crashes, calms traffic and makes streets less chaotic for everyone
Would an E-Bike Get You Pedaling?
Bicycles Aren't Just for Kids
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Making Florida's Streets Safer for Walking
The Complete Streets Evaluation Tool Kit
When roads are closed to cars and trucks, people can safely walk, bicycle and even dance in the streets
How Roundabouts Make Streets Safer
The Worst Places to Be a Pedestrian
People of all ages are driving less — and enjoying life in the not-so-fast lane
Why Older Adults Should Give Up Their Cars
Do We Really Need So Much Parking?
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