S2: Create walkable communities and promote resource efficient modes of transportation
Encouraging residents to use public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk conserves transportation energy, minimizes paving, reduces transportation expenses, and can promote a healthy lifestyle.
- Locate the building within ½ mile of light rail stations or ¼ mile of bus lines or other modes of public transportation
- Locate buildings within ¼ mile of as many community resources and public amenities as possible (schools, banks, civic centers, convenience and grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, child care, senior care, car sharing, police and fire stations, gyms, laundromats and dry cleaners, libraries, medical and dental offices, post offices, restaurants, coffee shops, places of worship, public open space, etc.)
- Locate development within ½ mile of employment centers or in proximity to major public transit infrastructure with ready access to employers
- Design clearly marked carpool parking, pick-up areas, and covered waiting spaces within close proximity of the building entrance
- Design site to include alternative forms of transportation, such as bicycle parking and storage, bicycle paths, shared car services, bus stops, and walking paths
- Use reduced automobile dependency to justify less paved parking and driving area, thereby limiting the amount of pavement affecting natural systems and to allowing for more ecologically responsive approaches to the site