Can you easily stay fit while walking to a nearby grocery store to shop for food and simultaneously saving money on gas, parking, and repairs? Is your neighborhood affecting your well-being?

Check out these articles and ideas on creating communities that are more walkable, with a balance of stores, schools, and homes.

Find out your neighborhood’s Walk Score here.

About walkable neighborhoods

There’s a connection between community design and health. A growing body of research shows that well-designed, compact communities can promote good health by:

  • reducing car crashes;
  • promoting exercise and thus reducing the risk of obesity;
  • reducing vehicle-related air pollution;
  • and (possibly) by promoting social ties that buoy health.

In other words, walkable neighborhoods provide multiple benefits.

Maps and graphics about walkability

Map of Walkable King County

A Suburban Community: Walkability within One Mile

A Compact Community: Walkability within One Mile

Solutions for creating walk- and bike-friendly places

Solutions for Healthier Communities
Designing cities for health

Why Bikes Are a Sustainable Wonder
The most energy-efficient form of travel. It’s also healthy.

More Parks, Less Parking
Small changes to parking policy can make a big difference.

Thoughts on walkability from Sightline Daily

The Year of Living Carlessly Experiment
Alan Durning’s writing on living car-free.

Sightline Daily posts on walkability

July 25, 2007