Pedestrian Friendly Code Directory

Explore our pedestrian friendly code directory to learn how zoning and subdivision codes can create streets and neighborhoods that are safe, comfortable, and convenient for pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists.

A pedestrian-oriented area needs to have convenient points of entry and exit. Frequently, pedestrians must go far out of their way to access buildings, cross streets, or reach transit. These elements emphasize convenience and safety for pedestrians as they move in and out of pedestrian spaces to reach destinations.

When an area has a variety of attractions and uses, it becomes a place where people congregate and spend time. People generally enjoy walking in such areas, and public transit service becomes crucial to provide access from farther away. These elements can help make a location into a destination, creating a distinct sense of place.

The alignment, size, and shape of city blocks can be key to the walkability of an area. But when poorly designed, these factors can create unnecessary obstacles, restrict pedestrians to one side of the street, and lead to dangerous street crossings. These elements involve the structure and design of city blocks, and identify steps that communities can take to make pedestrian use of blocks easier and safer.

Buildings play an important role in defining the feel of nearby streets and public spaces. The width, height, architectural style, design, construction materials, arrangement, and use of buildings has the potential to increase or decrease pedestrian use and comfort. These elements identify aspects of building design and use that make an area more user-friendly and inviting to pedestrians.