Sidewalks: How They Contribute to the Economy and Citizens’ Health

people walking on crosswalk

Streets and sidewalks take up around 25% to 50% of a city’s landscape. The Department of Transportation maintains both sidewalks and streets. Unfortunately, not all streets have sidewalks. Some only have pathways running parallel to the street, and in some instances, the sidewalks don’t adhere to the minimum requirement of four feet of paved surface provided on both sides of the road. When sidewalks need repair, concrete sidewalk pavers in Kansa City and other urban areas are called to fix them.

Safety and Convenience

According to the Federal Highway Administration’s guidelines for proven safety countermeasures, sidewalks should be provided and accessible on both sides of the street, especially near schools, transit locations, and in areas with plenty of pedestrians.

An estimated 4,500 pedestrians fall victim to traffic accidents every year. About 8% of these get killed while they’re walking along the highway. Providing sidewalks and walkways help separate the pedestrians from the road, and prevent death from car crashes.

Additionally, in most areas, there’s a space between the curb and the paved sidewalk. In urban areas or town centers, the sidewalks are also wide enough that pedestrians don’t crowd each other.

Inviting People to Walk

When there are safe and wide sidewalks, people walk for recreational purposes. Among other things, the foot traffic increases the volume of sales for establishments along the pathway. This directly affects the local economy.

Also, walking is one of the most convenient ways for people to get some daily exercise. Walking and other forms of moderate exercise contribute to a person’s health and well-being.

Sidewalks are minor civil works but have a big impact on accident prevention, pedestrian safety, local economy, and the general population’s health. Building and maintaining sidewalks and pedestrian pathways provide plenty of benefits to citizens.