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Alameda County works to make communities walkable through project such as sidewalks and street trees.

Walkable Communities

Designing communities where people can walk to the grocery store or public transportation helps improve quality of life and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The County provides public road improvement projects in unincorporated communities that provide for a balance for all uses including motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

We have had an on-going traffic calming program since the mid 1990's and, where feasible, include narrower roads, wider sidewalk areas, street trees, and bay-friendly landscaping. The program encourages neighborhood connectivity, walking, public transportation, and crime reduction through people presence. The green features of these streetscape/redevelopment projects will also be designed to meet independent standards of both the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® program and the regional Bay-Friendly Landscaping program.