Low Cost Pedestrian Improvements - Free Report Download

Pedestrian Infrastructure: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through low-cost traffic calming
Published August 2015
Prepared for Mass in Motion, an initiative of the MA Department of Public Health
Introduction
While the public health benefits of walking are widely understood among planners and policymakers, the high cost of new infrastructure can make it difficult for municipalities to quickly make active transportation-friendly changes to the roadway system. MassDOT and many municipalities in Massachusetts have made substantial strides in recognizing the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers in new construction and major reconstruction projects. However, in some areas, infrastructure is not old enough to need full replacement, and funding for safety and livability retrofits is limited. Low cost fixes to calm traffic and enhance safety on municipal streets and state roads can be a great place to start, as they are likely to be adopted and completed sooner than more expensive projects, and can serve as catalysts for long-term change.

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