Pedestrian lanes and walkways are an integral part of a community’s identity. Pedestrian infrastructures are a part of progress and are integral to people’s safety. Elevated walkways provide health and safety benefits to pedestrians and those who explore destinations on foot.
Safety for Pedestrians
According to the U.S Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, there are around 4,500 pedestrians killed in the United States due to traffic crashes with motor vehicles.
Almost 8 percent of these deaths are pedestrians walking along the roadway. But these mishaps are avoidable through walkways separated from vehicle lanes. These accidents can be prevented through the availability of pedestrian walkways.
- Health safety – making a living these days and the pressure to keep up with the fast-paced society can be very stressful. Proper and safe walkways provide a readily accessible venue for residents to exercise and de-stress. Everyday walks to and from the parking lot, grocery, cafes, or nearby establishments is a cheap yet effective way to reduce stress, improve health and mood.
- Pedestrian safety – elevated walkways offer a safe environment for pedestrians local and tourists alike for travel and exercise. Walkways keep pedestrians from any road danger, at all times. Children in the community can also walk safely to school.
- Improved Life quality and safety – better quality of life is not only based on monetary. Quality of life also includes environment, physical and mental health.
Providing safety walkways to pedestrians give them the peace of mind that the neighborhood is safe from a lot of potential road accidents. By providing a safe environment for adults and children helps motivate people to socialize and be more active.
Walkways for pedestrians do not only offer safety benefits but improves property value. The same with schools, hospitals, and other public amenities, safe walkways augment residential home values.
According to case studies, residential properties near well-maintained walkways have higher property value. A safe walkway is highly regarded as a place for recreation or physical activity promoting healthy life and community.
Also, safe elevated walkways provide better transportation options for people who do not have cars or cannot drive.
The wider the separation of pedestrian sidewalks from the roadways means more comfort for individuals. Comfort and physical exercise contribute to healthier mental and physical well-being.
Sidewalks should be best designed to make sure pedestrians are safe from traffic and any road dangers at all times. Walkways should be pleasant and comfortable to walk; should be well-maintained.
Providing sidewalks in the community motivate people in the community of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, knowing that their needs are being met.
Developing Elevated Walkways
Safe walkways should not only be considered in urban areas but also for rural areas. Development and progress must always be considered in areas where there is less pedestrian traffic.
Less developed areas with occasional pedestrian traffic should not forget the importance and benefits of elevated walkways. Sooner or later, these will serve its purpose; providing comfort and safety to pedestrians: adults and children.
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