The City of Gainesville, Georgia is Placing Focus on Walkability
GAINESVILLE, GA. – June 11, 2018 (gainesvilletimes.com) The City of Gainesville, Georgia, is placing focus on walkability, as more residents are choosing to walk instead of drive throughout the city. The city’s progress and plans are reported by gainesvilletimes.com.
With walking becoming a more popular mode of transportation, many cities in the United States are starting to work toward becoming more walkable and pedestrian-friendly. One such city is Gainesville, which has made some progress in building sidewalks and trails that help increase accessibility for walkers. However, the city still has a long way to go, with many busy and remote areas still lacking sidewalks or safe walking options for pedestrians.
The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization reports that about 375 miles of sidewalks exist in its region, which serves Hall County and part of western Jackson County in Georgia. The organization helps to advance considerations for all road users, including walkers, joggers, and cyclists, when the region plans for new roadways or reconstructs existing roadways. But part of what determines the need for sidewalks is traffic surveys from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Georgia DOT looks at nearby attractions, business, residences, etc. when designing road projects and places sidewalks into the plans if the road is expected to have a lot of pedestrian traffic. If a road is planned near a park or school or several businesses and homes, it is highly likely the DOT will include a sidewalk. The parameters of these studies have to change with the times, too, as roadways that might not have had a lot of walkers in the past are more likely to have them now.
Both the City and its organizations are working to create a better environment for people to regularly walk because they know residents feel healthier and more connected to the community when they can travel by foot.
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