Moving Freely


  • Whether a particular space or pedestrian route is accessible and designed for safety can influence the degree of unsafe activity as well as perceptions of safety. 
  • A route should feel safe the whole way through. When a well-lit sidewalk through an active area becomes a narrow, un-landscaped bridge, pedestrians may feel isolated.
  • Parallel routes make movement safer. For instance, a bike path along a busy street increases "eyes on the bike path."
  • When a pathway makes you enter one end and leave at the other, your movement can be predicted. These can feel unsafe when they are isolated or rarely used.
  • Crosswalks should be clearly marked so that drivers and pedestrians have shared expectations regarding active crossings.
  • Sidewalks should be wide enough for all pedestrian traffic to pass freely.
  • Light poles and landscaping shouldn't obstruct sidewalks.
  • Paths to and from park buildings and parking lots should be open and clearly defined.
  • Seniors and parents with strollers shouldn't have to pass through other activities on their way into a public space or facility.
  • Pathways to libraries, recreation centers, and other facilities should be clearly marked and free of obstruction.

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*Note that to be eligible for funding under our capital improvement budget, ideas must involve investment in infrastructure owned and maintained by the city. Also, proposed investment must be something that will last 10 years or more.