Niagara County, New York’s Public Health and Safety Chapter of their Comprehensive Plan outlines their goal to create safe, healthy, and walkable communities. They recognize health and safety of communities as one of the most important but overlooked aspects of a high quality of life. It stimulates the local economy and increases the variance and character of a community.
One objective to accomplish this goal is to reduce the community’s dependency on automotive transportation by increasing the network of pedestrian and bicycle trails. To optimize this network, they plan to place the non-motorized trails between public space destinations. They’ve stated that all future residential and commercial development should be encouraged to implement sidewalks and trails that lead to existing non-motorized networks.