Far more than drivers, pedestrians and cyclists are sensitive to how far they have to travel to get where they're going. This is why a connected street grid is critical. Without easy, direct connections, travel distances grow, train stations and bus lines are harder to reach and driving becomes the only option. In the most egregious example in Norwalk, a Winding Ln resident would have to walk a whopping 2 miles (40 minutes) to visit their next-door neighbor on Bow End Rd.
Recent research backs up the negative impact of these missing connections. Residents in neighborhoods with connected street grids drive 26% fewer miles, have lower body mass and endure less pollution.
Major gaps in Norwalk's street grid are visualized as red walls below.
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Especially in post-war neighborhoods, Norwalkers endure serious connectivity challenges. One of the city's priorities as we look for ways to live healthier and mitigate congestion should be reconnecting the city.