Prioritize underserved communities
Walkability and livability are not just for the wealthy, middle-aged, or able-bodied. The young, the elderly, the economically disadvantaged, and systemically marginalized communities have the right to safe, enjoyable streets and public spaces. Decision-makers and civic leaders must work to ensure their needs are reflected in decision-making that affects their quality of life. Creating top-notch parks, sidewalks, bike lanes, plazas, bus stops, bus shelters and clean, safe and reliable public transit is not just about economic opportunity, tourism, or public health. It’s about ensuring the most vulnerable have access to everything they need to enjoy healthy, happy lives.