Transportation and Transit
A balanced, well-designed transportation system that accommodates all modes of travel is essential to community livability. The Ahwahnee
Principles — which underpin the Local Government Commission's work on livable, sustainable communities — address the issue of transportation in numerous ways:
- Communities should be scaled so that housing, jobs, daily needs and other activities are within easy walking distance of each other and of transit stops.
- The community should have a vital core area that combines commercial, civic, cultural and recreational uses.
- Public spaces should be designed to encourage active and diverse public use at all hours.
- Streets, pedestrian paths and bike paths should constitute a cohesive network of fully connected and interesting routes to all destinations. To encourage pedestrianism and bicycle use, they should be small in size; spatially defined by buildings, trees and lighting; and prohibitive of high-speed traffic.
- Communities should be designed so as to conserve resources and minimize waste
- Community location and character, and regional land use planning structure, should be integrated within a larger transportation network built around transit rather than freeways.
- Regional institutions and services (government, stadiums, museums, etc.) should be located in the urban core.