One of the City's key strategic goals is to improve our walkability and connectivity to transit and key landmarks. That means sidewalks. However, we only have a small amount of funds annually to spend on new sidewalks and sidewalk repairs. That has changed, thanks to the Broward County transit surtax, and we are now eligible for funds to grow our sidewalk inventory.
As you may recall, the city owns the right of way in front of residential property, and as such, has the right and the responsibility to install sidewalks in all cases. We are in the process of prioritizing our installation schedule and would like to hear from residents. Do you know of someone with physical challenges in your neighborhood? Please let us know. The City plans to prioritize those sidewalks first.
After that, our plan is to construct sidewalks in the neighborhoods where residents have demonstrated a desire for them. To that end, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not currently have sidewalks in your neighborhood and you want them.
The City's objective is for anyone in Wilton Manors to get to their desired destination by walking on sidewalks, and definitely to ensure that all major thoroughfares and transit routes can be accessed by sidewalks. Only then can we truly call ourselves an urban village where a resident can choose to live without a car, and where most errands can be accomplished by foot.
Why do we want to be a more walkable community? Here are a few reasons why walkability offers substantial benefits to our community from walkscore:
- Walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities.
- Health: The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6-10 pounds less than someone who lives in a sprawling neighborhood.
- Cities with good public transit and access to amenities promote happiness.
- Environment: 87% of CO2 emissions are from burning fossil fuels. Your feet are zero-pollution transportation machines.
- Finances: Cars are the second largest household expense in the U.S.
- Communities: Walkability is associated with higher levels of arts organizations, creativity, and civic engagement.
We need your help to make our Island City more walkable.