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8 Principles of the Sidewalk

Building more active cities

Walking is the most democratic way of getting around, the oldest and most used mode of transportation in the world, besides being a healthy form of transportation – both for people and for cities. However, the urban sprawl, fostered by decades of prioritization to motorized mobility, and the poor quality of sidewalks discourage people from walking.

The guidebook 8 Principles of the Sidewalks - Building more active cities systematizes in a single publication the most relevant references on building sidewalks that meet the needs of urban planning. The guide includes sidewalk elements, benefits and deployment recommendations for more qualified infrastructure projects focused on pedestrians. In addition, it presents real examples and evidences of the advantages of using the correct implementation of the elements.

The intention is to expand the vision about the role of sidewalks as a space that offers the possibility of coexistence among people. The principles emphasize the characteristics of an urban environment favorable to pedestrian mobility, but also that invites people to establish connections with the city. The publication helps public sector managers and technicians, consultants, academics, political leaders and representatives of social movements in planning and building qualified sidewalks, based on original content about pedestrian infrastructure, an issue so important for Latin American countries.

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