walkable neighbourhoodWith an increasing demand for healthy and sustainable homes among the young homebuyers, today majority of developers are focusing to develop such projects that promote walk-to-work culture. Indeed, in most of the international cities, the concept of walkable neighbourhood has already become more popular among the residents. So, it’s time now to promote this new concept in our country especially in the metro cities where the population of professionals as well as homebuyers is witnessing a huge jump. With this blog, let’s understand this concept in detail:

What is Walkable Neighbourhood?

A walkable neighbourhood or community is referred to an area where every important daily and social conveniences like schools, hospitals, offices, banks, ATMs, temples, and restaurants are located in close vicinity to your home. At some places, it also incorporates foot-over-bridges, footpaths, and walkways that connect the residents to the above facilities.

However, it is the walkability score that decides whether the community comes under a walkable neighbourhood or not. For example, all the daily conveniences must be situated within a mile or 1.6 km from the home, and then only it will be considered as a walkable neighbourhood.

Walkable Neighbourhood: Features

Walkable communities promote walk-to-work culture and tend residents to walk to nearby shopping centers, malls, schools, etc.

It is designed around a particular community space.

Such neighbourhood offers a safe environment, well-established infrastructure like roads, flyover, walkways, etc. that reduces resident’s dependence on private vehicles or public transit systems especially during peak hours. At the same time, the footpaths are developed wide to provide safer walking to the pedestrians.

Walkable Neighborhood: Benefits

As said above, a walkable neighbourhood promotes walking culture,  so not only it reduces vehicular pollution and saves the environment, at the same time, it also promotes a healthy lifestyle among the residents whether homeowner or tenants.

A walkable community is a perfect example when it comes to saving money which we mostly use to spend on public transport or private vehicle.

Today, more and more millennials prefer to buy or rent a home where the entire social and civic infrastructure is located in proximity to their unit or project. With, walkable neighbourhood, your investment is safe on this part.

Walkable Neighborhood: The Need of Hour in India

With a fast-pace increase in workforce, there will be a high demand for new employment opportunities in the next two decades. Because of this, more people will be on the road for daily commutation. This will not only increase vehicular pollution but will also congest roads. So, the need of the hour is to focus and develop more walkable neighborhood or communities that promote a sustainable environment. The government must introduce pedestrian-friendly policies and intensive road strategies in their infrastructural development plan so that people can enjoy the benefits of living and renting in a walkable neighborhood.

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