I was out getting some donuts on Sunday morning and saw this sidewalk connection from the shared use path on the west side of Sawmill Road to the front door of Tim Hortons. It’s so rare that big box auto-oriented retail is well connected to the sidewalk, that I thought it merited a post.
Looking at the aerial, you can see that the sidewalk connection I photographed isn’t the only one. There are several that I’ve highlighted in red below.
The land use still isn’t pedestrian friendly, and I’d rather see buildings constructed at the right-of-way, but at least the sidewalk connections keep it from being hostile to pedestrians. Where buildings are set back from the right-of-way behind a parking lot, this is something basic that can be done to at least acknowledge that some people might want to get there without a car. I’d like to see these kinds of sidewalk connections retrofitted into old developments and required by zoning codes for new developments. Kudos to Dublin for doing this.