In 2002, the Greensboro City Council adopted the Greensboro Walkability Policy in recognition of the need to promote the development of a safe, convenient, and attractive system of pedestrian facilities throughout Greensboro. The policy reads:
The Greensboro City Council hereby establishes the goal of creating a more walkable Greensboro. This goal will be attained through the following actions:
- An ongoing City sidewalk construction program targeted to community and transportation system needs, including improving safety and access to needed services and destinations
- An ongoing City effort to respond to pedestrian safety, mobility, and access issues through the use of other warranted pedestrian facility improvements, education, and other strategies
- Ordinance requirements that sidewalk construction meets pedestrian safety and access needs and furthers the City's sidewalk connectivity goals.
Sidewalk Installation Ordinance
Building on the foundation of the Walkability Policy, GDOT worked with the City's Planning Department and the community to develop proposed amendments to Greensboro's sidewalk installation requirements as specified by the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). These amendments were designed to increase the amount of sidewalk required to be installed in conjunction with new development, redevelopment or subdivision projects.
A public information meeting was held in November 2002 to provide the public with an opportunity to learn detailed information about the proposed amendments and to provide input on the proposal. Collectively referred to as the Sidewalk Ordinance Amendment, this series of proposed revisions to the UDO was adopted by Greensboro City Council on December 3, 2002. The new requirements took effect January 1, 2003 and have improved pedestrian safety, access, and circulation throughout the City.