Legislation that would require communities to adopt "Complete Streets" policies has been proposed by US Representatives Doris Matsui and Steven LaTourette.
More than 200 states, municipalities, and other entities have adopted "Complete Streets" policies, and the number is roughly doubling every year.
The smaller the blocks, the more it is possible to vary routes, sights, and smells on those twice-a-day excursions.
Elementary school children would be much safer if vehicles in residential areas were limited to 20 mph, researchers in Britain suggest.
Traffic deaths have fallen dramatically, but safety advocates still pay too little attention to the potential of better street design.
Despite miles of newly installed bicycle lanes, New York City suffered a 50 percent jump in cyclist deaths in 2010.
Financial firms move out, new businesses and residents move in, and 40 percent of the people walk to work.
By the end of 2010, more than 200 communities across the US had adopted Complete Streets policies, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition.
Legislators in some states want to fine people who use mobile phones or other electronic devices while crossing the street or riding a bike.
Source: Estimating the Employment Impacts of Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Road Infrastructure
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