Sidewalks are vital parts of streets. Other than rural roads and high-speed highways, all streets should have sufficient walking space. Urban areas require wider sidewalks to allow a constant flow of pedestrians and to encourage people to walk and explore local stores and services. Urban sidewalks should be at least 10 feet wide but can be up to 25 feet in busy areas or if businesses require the space. Suburban sidewalks should be wide enough for two to walk comfortably, but may be wider, particularly near parks, schools, and other public areas.
Sidewalks should be clear of obstructions like signs, mailboxes, light poles, street trees, etc. These items should be located within a furnishing strip between the sidewalk and the street.