Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
This sidewalk inventory is the first of its kind for the Lehigh Valley region and intends to provide an assessment of sidewalk
connectivity. Among the many beneficial applications to this study is one main goal: to promote an interconnected network of pedestrian-accessible transportation corridors.
Uses of the Inventory
The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) has analyzed the results of this inventory against both the transit stop inventory in an effort to identify significant gaps and the trail inventory to identify opportunities for future connectivity. Sidewalk gaps represent a significant barrier to accessibility, and this report will lay the groundwork for a future regional bicycle and pedestrian planning study, which municipalities can use to underpin a variety of additional multimodal activities. This study will support prioritization of projects; inform funding decisions; support comprehensive planning efforts; support bicycle and pedestrian; and parks, recreation and open space initiatives. The results are available to our state, regional and municipal partners, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta), Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape, health officials and school districts. In addition, the inventory will be readily available in an easy to access online format, which will serve as a tool for future planning and prioritization.
STREET CONNECTIVITY GUIDANCE DOCUMENT
Connectivity is an analysis of the number and variety of connections serving origins such as residential
neighborhoods and destinations like schools and shopping areas. Connectivity relates to the number of intersections
along a segment of streets and how the entire area is connected to the system. Good street
connectivity means providing a variety of ways to get from Point A to B, from using the car to walking. The
recommendations in this report are geared toward improving the efficiency of mobility (i.e. ease of movement)
and accessibility (i.e. the ability to go from an origin to a desired destination). The benefits of better
connectivity go beyond improved mobility and accessibility and can include less traffic congestion, safer
streets, municipal cost savings in the provision of services, and reduced need to improve arterial streets.