Quality of Life Benefits

Better conditions for walking have intangible benefits to the quality of life in cities and towns. In a growing number of communities, the level of walking is considered an indicator of a community's livability—a factor that has a profound impact on attracting businesses and workers as well as tourism. In cities and towns where people can regularly be seen out walking, there is a palpable sense that these are safe and friendly places to live and visit.

The social interaction possible when the number of people walking increases is a major factor for improving quality of life. Comfortable and accessible pedestrian environments offer alternatives to personal vehicles, which limit opportunities for social contact with others. By providing appropriate pedestrian facilities and amenities, communities enable the interaction between neighbors and other citizens that can strengthen relationships and contribute to a healthy sense of identity and place.