Many cities around the world are now rethinking of switching from the traditional kind of sidewalk to new types of cost-efficient and effective pedestrian pathways that will fit the times. Sidewalks can actually enhance walkability, generate renewable energy, and improve public safety, even as they withstand all those tree roots that have been breaking concrete slabs for decades. For this reason, sidewalks pose a challenge for planners on how to construct them and what kind of material to use without losing the idea of what a great sidewalk can be.
Technically, a child-friendly street and neighborhood is a place where you feel comfortable to let your children walk and play, either by themselves or with others. They also have slower or fewer cars, other walkers and neighbors in regular sight, wide footpaths free of hazards, street lighting, pedestrian crossings, a shelter, and even a colorful flower bed or two.