Lakewood already has many walkable tree lined avenues and streets offering a chance to enjoy the views of Lake Chautauqua, historic homes, and parks. Many shops are conveniently located within a short walk on Chautauqua Ave. Following the historic markers provides a safe and healthy walk for all ages. One of the major goals in the Comprehensive Plan is for Lakewood is to increase the walkability of its neighborhoods and the entire Village. Come out walking, meet your neighbors, enjoy the views, play with the dog – make Lakewood the walking Village!
What is Walkability?
Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Walkability has health, environmental, and economic benefits.
What makes a neighborhood walkable?
- A Center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
- People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
- Mixed Income, Mixed Use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
- Parks and Public Space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
- Pedestrian Design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
- Schools and Workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
- Complete Streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.
Health: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.
Environment: 87% of CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
Communities: Walkability is associated with higher levels of arts organizations, creativity, and civic engagement.