Promoting sustainable walkable communities

In the contemporary American society in which majority of trips are made by car, the promotion of sustainable walkable communities must be one of the fundamental principles in the design of future cities.
The design of a neighborhood’s street network has a great impact on the capacity of walkers and cyclists to travel efficiently to nearby destinations. In particular, have lots of intersections can be really important for neighborhood walkability and transit use.

Among all the built environment measurements, intersection density is one of the most important factors for walking and for increasing transit use, reducing miles driven. The importance of high intersection-density derived from the increase of walking opportunities as multiple-path options are created.
Numerous studies have shown that people living in neighborhoods with higher street intersection density tend to drive less and walk and take transit more. These attributes combined with a diversity of services tend to reduce the number of vehicle miles travelled.