A pedestrian village is a compact, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood or town with a mixed-use village center.[1] Shared-use lanes for pedestrians and those using bicycles, Segways, wheelchairs, and other small rolling conveyances that do not use internal combustion engines. Generally, these lanes are in front of the houses and businesses, and streets for motor vehicles are always at the rear. Some pedestrian villages might be nearly car-free with cars either hidden below the buildings, or on the boundary of the village. Venice, Italy is essentially a pedestrian village with canals. Other examples of a pedestrian village include Giethoorn village located in the Dutch province of Overijssel, Netherlands,[2] Mont-Tremblant Pedestrian Village located beside Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada,[3] and Culdesac Tempe in Tempe, Arizona.[4]

A walk street in Venice, California, built around 1905

The canal district in Venice, California, on the other hand, combines the front lane/rear street approach with canals and walkways, or just walkways.

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  1. ^ Cheung, Esther (2004). "Transforming Suburbia : The Networked Pedestrian Village of Bayview Hills".
  2. ^ "Giethoorn: The village without roads". The Times of India. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  3. ^ "Pedestrian Village". Official Mont Tremblant. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  4. ^ Johnson, Ryan (2020-06-22). "Introducing Culdesac". Medium. Retrieved 2022-09-11.