A walkable community improves overall quality of life by creating an environment where people are encouraged to interact and develop a sense of community. If walking or bicycling is an option, remember the advantages include improved health, mood, opportunities to see neighbors, and cutting down on your carbon footprint.

In fact, research indicates that “…people who live in walkable communities are more likely to be socially engaged and trusting than residents of less walkable neighborhoods…and also report being in better health and happier more often.”

When drivers maintain safe speeds and practice other safe driving behaviors, safer walking environments are created for you, your loved ones and others in your community. See these resources for more information:

NHTSA Stepping Out as an Older Adult

AARP Pedestrian Safety Workshop: A Focus on Older Adults

Complete Streets

Health in Aging Foundation Walking Tips