Pedestrian-friendly areas are the most ‘walkable,’ i.e. they have sidewalks, crosswalks, and stores/buildings/landmarks accessible by foot. They also typically have an active pedestrian law enforcement presence. Pedestrian-friendly areas are important because they promote good health, environmentalism, and exercise. Some of the most pedestrian-friendly locales in the state of Pennsylvania are below.
Market Street Pedestrian-Only Path
Market Street in Philadelphia is one of the most bustling places in the state. And while the central part of Market Street has a lot of vehicle traffic, there is a pedestrian-only footpath that goes from Market Street across the City Hall block. What’s more, a new retail-fronted pedestrian street is currently in the works. The avenue will stretch all the way from Chestnut to Market.
Pennsylvania’s Many Pedestrian and Bike-only Trails
While the small section off of Market Street may be one of the few retail areas in the state dedicated to pedestrians alone, there are a plethora of paths in Pennsylvania. From the Appalachian National Scenic Trail to the Standing Stone Trail and dozens of others, those who love to walk can do so safely.
Indiana Borough, Indiana, PA
Walkfriendly.org has named the Indiana Borough of Pennsylvania as a Bronze-level community in terms of walk-friendliness in the United States.
Here are some practices to which other areas can aspire.
- More than 30 percent of Indiana, Pennsylvania, residents walk to work
- The police department promotes pedestrian safety through active enforcement
- Both sides of the street in all areas must have sidewalks
- There are few pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes
Walk Friendly also recognized the city of Philadelphia. The city was given a Silver Award for the following reasons.
- It has the largest pedestrian system in the U.S.
- It has a transit system
- The City of Philadelphia Planning Commission and Department of Public Health uses a walkability audit tool
Always Walk Safely, No Matter Where You Are
Whether you’re in a pedestrian-friendly area of the state or not, practicing safe walking habits is always important. Read our pedestrian accidents blog to learn all you need to know about the dos and don’ts for walking at night, and what to do if a driver hit you while you were walking.
Our attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC want to meet with you if you’re the victim of a pedestrian accident. You can call our offices to set up your first free consultation at 215-642-2335.