Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Suburban Neighborhood Issue: More Livable and Sustainable
Transforming subdivisions into a more sustainable development pattern is difficult since they were not designed or built for flexibility or change. Some options for adapting existing subdivisions include: creating a network of connecting streets; adding open space, parks and greenways; constructing sidewalks; retrofitting wide roads with bike lanes; and assuring that needed services are located nearby. These changes will allow residents to use multiple modes of transportation and not just rely exclusively on the automobile. One additional way of creating better connectivity for bicycles and pedestrians in suburban areas is to continue to build a system of greenways which link both existing and new subdivision development to one another.