The 15-minute City 15-minutes of ... : Walkable and Bikeable Cities
Concept Note Series C-032
When we refer to "15-minute cities," we are generally talking about the concept of being able to access essential amenities, services, and recreational facilities within a 15-minute walk, bike ride, or public transit journey from one's residence.
The term "15 minutes" represents a rough estimate of time, emphasizing the idea that these necessary destinations should be conveniently reachable within a short travel duration. The goal is to minimize the need for long commutes and promote localized living, where residents can meet their daily needs within a compact and accessible urban environment.
The specific amenities and services encompassed within the 15-minute radius can vary but typically include facilities such as grocery stores, schools, healthcare services, parks, public transportation stops, community centers, cultural venues, and employment opportunities. The exact scope of amenities may differ based on the specific needs and priorities of each city or neighborhood implementing the 15-minute city concept.
By emphasizing proximity and reducing travel times, the 15-minute city aims to enhance livability, promote sustainable transportation options, foster a sense of community, and improve residents' overall quality of life.
Here are some examples of activities that can often happen within a 15-minute radius in a well-designed 15-minute city:
Residents can easily access a local grocery store or market to purchase their groceries within a short walk or bike ride.
A variety of restaurants, cafes, and eateries can be found nearby, allowing residents to enjoy meals and socialize without the need for long commutes.
Parks and Recreation:
Local parks, green spaces, and recreational facilities such as sports fields, playgrounds, and fitness centers can be easily reached within a 15-minute radius, promoting an active and healthy lifestyle.
Schools, colleges, and educational institutions are conveniently located within the neighborhood, ensuring that students have quick access to educational facilities.
Residents can reach medical clinics, pharmacies, and healthcare centers within a short distance for routine check-ups, consultations, and prescription needs.
Museums, art galleries, theaters, and community centers that offer cultural events, performances, and exhibitions are within easy reach, fostering a vibrant and enriched community.
Work and Employment:
In a 15-minute city, residents may have access to local job opportunities, enabling them to work closer to home and reduce commuting time.
Access to public transportation stops or stations within the neighborhood allows for seamless connectivity to other parts of the city, enabling residents to reach destinations further away.
Socializing and Meeting Places:
Local cafes, bars, and gathering spots provide opportunities for socializing, meeting friends, and engaging in community activities.
Within the 15-minute radius, residents can find essential services such as banks, post offices, libraries, and convenience stores, ensuring their daily needs are met conveniently.