Patrick Condon’s Rule 3 for sustainable communities: Locate commercial services, frequent transit and schools within a five-minute walk




Fourth of Eight Excerpts

“In our current situation, in which the car is always at hand, North Americans will walk only if it is easier than driving. The break point for walking trips seems to be five minutes, which is enough time to walk approximately one quarter mile, or 400 metres,” writes Patrick Condon in his latest book, Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post Carbon World.

Patrick condon (120p)“But the five-minute walk rule is meaningless if there is no place to walk to. Many new suburban developments are equipped with walking trails, but while these trails may be used every day by people who are in the habit of walking and jogging for exercise, the average person will use them much less regularly if at all.”


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This is the fourth of eight excerpts published by  The Tyee in September/October 2010. To read the complete excerpt, click on  How to Get People Out of Their Cars. To download a copy, click here.



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Posted September 2010