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Walkability leads to Walking
Alex Steffen, 21 Feb 05

Cascadia Scorecard covers a recent study which shows that in communities which are designed with pederstrians in mind, more people walk: "People who lived the most walkable neighborhoods were 2.4 times as likely to walk for 30 minutes or more than those who lived in the least walkable communities."

Nothing earthshaking there, but it does offer yet more confirmation of the possibilities of smart growth: namely, that auto-dependence is a symptom of certain kinds of urban planning, and communities which are planned to encourage pedestrians and public transit can indeed change people's behavior in fairly radical ways, changes which have numerous social and environmental benefits.

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