On September 9, 2015, the United States Surgeon General announced a Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities.
What’s a walkable community? It means more than just having sidewalks and crosswalks (though that is a very important part). A walkable community is one where homes are within a reasonable walking distance of a variety of destinations – shops, work, parks, etc. The Call to Action document (PDF) outlines several reasons that the Surgeon General has chosen to promote walkable communities, including the health, economic, social, and community benefits. This video provides an overview of the benefits of fostering walkable communities.
It is up to individuals to make the decision to walk, but that decision is made easier by improvements to community infrastructure and through programs and policies that provide opportunities and encouragement for walking. The Next Ten will look to incorporate strategies for making Sandy Springs a more walkable place.