ABSTRACT

Citizens may be categorised as commuters, cyclists or pedestrians but can be any or all of these at different times of day, year and stages of life. Awareness of this helps us break down rigid definitions of users of the public realm and ensures that urban space is organised to strike an equitable balance serving the needs of all stakeholders. The focus of a walkable community is intentionally local, its goal being to create a cohesive social environment with a strong sense of identity. A compact mixed-use urban structure in a central location that incorporates shops, services, social facilities, a range of employment spaces and a substantial quantum of mixed-tenure, residential accommodation provides the basic elements required for a community to function. The facilities within walking distance to serve daily needs during the day and in the evening must include a variety of shops and choices for food and beverages and leisure and entertainment facilities.