Pedestrian paths and walkways are critical to the smooth functioning of any affordable housing project, particularly larger, multi-unit developments. Consider the wide range of uses that any path must accommodate - children, adults, bicycles, skate boards, shopping carts, walkers, pets, furniture moving, etc. - and design with this range of uses in mind. Avoid paths that are too narrow to accommodate multiple users at the same time. Consider rounded corners at all intersections and direction changes, especially in projects with children. Ensure that paths are well lighted so that users can see where they are going and be seen by other people. Consider designing path edges so that they encourage users to stay on the path and not trample on adjacent plantings (e.g. through changes in slope or materials or by providing raised edges). Remember that the shortest route from point A to point B is usually a straight line. Avoid forcing people to follow circuitous routes to their destinations or be prepared for the new, unplanned paths that will inevitably appear to accommodate occupant use patterns.
Rounded corners on the paths in this Northern California project are designed to accommodate children and adults who often cut corners and trample grassy areas in the process.
Planter edges clearly define the paths in this Seattle project.
(Cascade Court Apartments)
Generously curved paths broaden into a variety of special "places" in this large San Francisco courtyard.
(210 Turk and 111 Jones)
The path in this Los Angeles project is raised slightly above the surrounding planted areas - a subtle technique for keeping people on the paths and off the plants.
Small, flag stone entry walks branch off from the main concrete paths in this Stamford, Connecticut project, providing a change in texture and scale which distinguish semi-public (the paths) from semi-private (the walks).
The paths in this Boston project are very large and well lit, with raised edges providing clear separation between grass areas and circulation spaces.
The wide, meandering path in this Los Gatos, California courtyard broadens at special areas where seating is provided.