CSS encourages healthy lifestyles. Chronic diseases, especially those associated with obesity, are on the rise in Delaware. Increasing physical activity is an important step towards combating this trend. Therefore, walkable communities and other health-based public initiatives are becoming prominent factors in transportation design. Communities that institute CSS often feature transportation systems that are safe and efficient for pedestrians and bicyclists. These multi-modal designs allow citizens the freedom to park their cars and get active.
CSS accommodate the needs of citizens of all ages and abilities. The population of Delaware, along with that of the United States, is graying. Transportation officials must respond to the distinct needs of older drivers and pedestrians in order to create accessible communities. One way this goal can be accomplished is by creating “complete streets.” AARP supports “complete streets” as a way to increase the mobility and quality of life for older adults. Context-sensitive solutions take into account a community’s current and projected demographics to insure that new transportation designs will be practical for generations to come.
CSS recognizes the importance of living in a community that feels like home. Therefore, CSS utilizes the concept of placemaking. The goal of placemaking is to create public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being. Placemaking also incorporates the vision of community members in the planning process, so that public spaces can best meet the needs and aspirations of the citizens they serve. CSS and placemaking are philosophically connected and can be used simultaneously to establish beneficial transportation designs.