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Complete Streets Are Safer Streets

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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Providing Rides Along Rural Roadways

In many places, being unable to drive means being unable to go anywhere

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A newly installed crosswalk and pedestrian island in Edgewater, Maryland

How to Get a Pedestrian Island and Crosswalk Installed

Smart planning put shopping within walking distance of homes. Poor planning separated the areas by four lanes of fast-moving traffic

Images from the cover of the 2019 Dangerous by Design report

2019 'Dangerous by Design' Report

Too many roadways in too many places are too risky for pedestrians to walk along or cross the streets.

Pedestrians And Bicyclists On Busy City Street, Dedicated Bike Lanes, Parked Cars, Livable Communities, Bike Friendly Streets

10 Ways Bike-Friendly Streets Benefit People Who Don't Ride Bikes

Bicycle lanes reduce the frequency of crashes, calms traffic and makes streets less chaotic for everyone

Bicycle riders of all ages enjoy car-free streets during a ciclovia in Brownsville, Texas

How to Host a Ciclovia

When roads are closed to cars and trucks, people can safely walk, bicycle and even dance in the streets

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Living a Car-Free Life

People of all ages are driving less — and enjoying life in the not-so-fast lane

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AARP Livability Fact Sheets Collection

The subjects include parking, sidewalks, traffic calming, bicycling and even street trees

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The Future of Transportation

Explore how emerging technologies may impact our communities and the ways we get around

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