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Creating Walkable Communities: Understanding Trade-offs


Percentage reporting level of support for trade-offs to create walkable communities among adults, SummerStyles 2014 (N = 3,995). Error bars represent the upper and lower bounds of the 95% confidence interval. Of the 4,269 respondents, 274 were excluded for missing data (n = 78) or because they indicated they were unable to walk when asked about how often they usually walk for at least 10 minutes at a time (n = 196).

Level of Support Trade-off
Designing streets with sidewalks, crosswalks, stop signs, and other features to make it safer to walk, even if it means driving slower, % Designing communities so that more stores and other places are within walking distance of homes, even if this means building homes closer together, %
Strongly oppose 1.9 (1.4–2.4) 6.7 (5.8–7.7)
Oppose 8.6 (7.6–9.7) 24.6 (23.1–26.2)
Don’t know 7.3 (6.4–8.3) 13.1 (11.8–14.4)
Favor 48.9 (47.1–50.8) 36.3 (34.5–38.1)
Strongly favor 33.3 (31.5–35.1) 19.4 (17.9–20.9)

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