Getting Rural America Back on its Feet
This month's issue of Planning magazine highlights an issue of high relevance to Lincoln County - walkability in small towns and rural areas. Too often, politicians, state and regional planners and engineers, and the public think of walking as an urban mode of transportation. State plans often neglect walkability in small and rural communities, and small towns lack the funding or the local control to implement pedestrian improvements. However, over 7 percent of trips in towns with populations between 2,500 and 10,000 are made on foot, and a USDOT survey found that 95% of rural residents rate sidewalks as important to their communities. Across the country, small towns are finding new and creative ways to improve pedestrian infrastructure and increase walking.