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Sustainable and Equitable Funding for Pedestrian Infrastructure Maintenance

August 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am


Walking as a means of transportation has health, environmental, and economic benefits. Well-maintained sidewalks are important for communities to meet their active travel goals. But pedestrian infrastructure in many communities is discontinuous, inaccessible to those with physical disabilities, and poorly maintained – particularly in lower-income neighborhoods. The availability of an adequate, sustainable, and equitable source of funding is a major challenge for maintaining sidewalks in a state of good repair.  Governments across the nation maintain and repair roads and highways, but most cities require adjacent property owners to maintain the sidewalks. In this presentation, researchers will share findings from separate studies regarding alternative approaches for funding sidewalk infrastructure and whether these approaches could lead to more sustainable and equitable outcomes when applied to the cities of Atlanta, Georgia and Albuquerque, New Mexico.