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Community Design Visual Guide

What to know

  • Activity-friendly routes offer a direct and convenient way to walk, bike, or take public transit to everyday destinations.
  • These routes may offer protection from cars or make it easier to cross the street.
  • Examples of everyday destinations are grocery stores, schools, libraries, parks, restaurants, cultural and natural landmarks, and health care facilities.
  • This page highlights six examples of connecting activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations to increase physical activity.
Illustration of biking and walking routes connected to office buildings and homes.

Connecting activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations

Graphic of a walkable/bikeable city with six areas numbered.
The numbered areas correspond to the items below.

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1. Safe school crossings

Graphic of a safe crossing to school
An accessible, activity-friendly route can help children get to school safely.

2. Crosswalks

Graphic of a crosswalk going to a library
A crosswalk can help people get to destinations, such as a library.

3. Shared-use paths

Graphic of a shared-used path going to a worksite.
Shared-use paths can be used by pedestrians and bicyclists to get to places, such as workplaces.

4. Protected bike lanes

Graphic of a protected bike lane going to a home.
People can use protected bike lanes to travel to or from places, such as their homes.

5. Attractive alleys

Graphic of an attractive alley leading to a grocery store.
Attractive alleyways are appealing places to walk to grocery stores and other destinations.

6. Routes from public transportation

Graphic of a bus stop taking people to a park.
Public transit can help people get to destinations, such as parks.


Built Environment Approaches Combining Transportation System Interventions with Land Use and Environmental Design

How to combine interventions to improve pedestrian or bicycle transportation systems with land use and environmental design interventions to increase physical activity.