A new book named Arlington County as one of nine U.S. communities at the forefront of walkable places.
The e-book, “America’s Walking Renaissance,” published by two pro-walking organizations, cited Arlington as a model of the country’s “most walkable suburb.” The chapter on Arlington quoted former county board member Chris Zimmerman, who now works for Smart Growth America, which also promotes walking as part of creating a healthy place.
Ninety percent of the urban suburb’s residential streets have sidewalks, the article notes, as it described Arlington’s well-known transformation from an auto-centric suburb through the introduction of Metrorail, the creation of “urban village” ideas and traffic demand management techniques which include more bicycle paths.
“You just start somewhere,” the article quotes Arlington Transportation Director Dennis Leach. “You create pockets of walkability between people’s homes and centers of community activity like schools, churches, gyms, bus stops and retail services. The more people you have walking, the more comfortable it is for others to walk.”
Prevention magazine previously named Arlington as one of the 25 best cities for walking, and the University of North Carolina’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center had called it one of the 16 top “walk friendly” American communities.