Pedestrian Shopping Street

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Pedestrian shopping streets are the key of making the communities more fun, especially when they are well managed, designed and tactically connected to the networks of bike routes, pedestrian paths and public transit. People worldwide want their neighbourhoods, communities, cities, towns, and villages to be fun. Every community provides its residents with options to enjoy a quality of life by letting them live in the selection of housing options and to take public transport, bike or to walk to travel to the places that they need to go every day like health facilities, recreational areas, parks, shopping malls, grocery stores, schools and work.
Network oriented community mobility like networks of public transportation, bicycle routes and pedestrian paths, when combined with other neighbourhood components like liveable streets, dedicated cycling routes and pedestrian shopping streets make a key contribution towards the communities in making them liveable. The pedestrian shopping streets are designed in a manner that the residents can comfortable and go there without the use of their private vehicles. The pedestrian shopping streets are very popular in Europe, though they exist elsewhere too. These streets usually consist of a single street, at times two or maybe more streets that happen to interconnect with each other, mostly by a square, in order to form a longer and linear lineal street.
The central part and the heart of these shopping streets are an outdoor landscaped zone especially for pedestrians, which is mostly managed and designed to reach a desired socio-economic outcome and environmental character. There is a variety of establishments that are arranged on both sides of the streets that sell services and goods to people, such as department stores, banks, fashion and lifestyle stores, bakeries, grocery stores, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops. These establishments generally include special events, seasonal attractions, weekly market days, museums, historic buildings, and famous churches. When a pedestrian shopping street is quite long, you will possibly find a few side streets along with it. These side streets usually loop or start off, near or at the exterior edging of the pedestrian street and lead to the next street away from the pedestrian shopping street.
The sides streets of the Pedestrian shopping streets usually extend the shopping from the Pedestrian shopping streets, contain other land uses like commercial offices and housing, allow on-street parking, allow cars and have traditional sidewalks. Generally, the Pedestrian shopping streets offer car parking along the streets on the sides of the Pedestrian shopping streets and in the other nearby areas. Also, the departmental stores that are large provide indoor parking in their own building for their customers. So, many of the shoppers park their cars in these parking areas. Though, the main flow of shoppers that come to the Pedestrian shopping street consists of bikers and pedestrians living in the area or the surrounding areas, and others from the city or also its outer suburbs.
The potential shoppers on these streets also include tourists as potential shoppers. Though, these shopping streets are meant only for the pedestrians, but they do allow police and emergency vehicles, whenever necessary, also supply and service vehicles before and after shopping hours.
Many of the pedestrian shopping streets allow bikers to ride their bicycle at walking speed, however, when these streets are very crowded, most of the cyclists prefer parking their cycles in the bike parking along the shopping street and then walk to wherever they want to go. Some of the cities do not allow cyclists during their pedestrian shopping streets.
The Pedestrian shopping streets are crowded usually with window shoppers, tourists, shoppers and people of all ages who come here to have fun, get some fresh air, relax, socialize, recreate, eat, stroll, observe or shop. Outdoor cafes, restaurants, musicians and street entertainers, sculptures, sitting areas, and water fountains make the Pedestrian shopping streets very enjoyable, attractive and lively; and the absence of vehicles make them very safe. The Pedestrian shopping streets are quite vibrant and busy during special events and celebrations like weekly markets and Christmas season. Many of the pedestrian shopping streets generate a very high volume of pedestrian traffic.
It is quite apparent that the high volume of pedestrian traffic, results in economic success and good business for both pedestrian shopping street owners and retailers. The success of a Pedestrian shopping street depends on the following:
1. They need to be easily and readily accessible from work and business places, office buildings and residential areas.
2. They need to be very well connected with the public transportation system.
3. They need to be connected to the bicycle routes and pedestrian systems.
4. They need to offer bicycle parking’s at the entry of the pedestrian shopping street or allow the
cyclists to park their bikes along the street especially if the shopping street is very long.
5. They need to be managed, designed and planned on a regular basis for its success.

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