Does your community make you healthier and safer?


Verdmont, Simpsonville, SC

We understand that as a home buyer you are filled with decisions such as:

Location
Home Size
Home Style and Quality
Home Layout
Amenities
Kitchen Features
Bathroom Features
Backyard and Front Yard

However, we bet you don’t think about how your community can foster your family’s health and safety. TRG Communities is committed to looking at opportunities to create neighborhood lifestyles but also to promote a healthier and safer community.

In every TRG Community we look to create neighborhoods that accommodate every age, whether they are 8 or 80.  With every detail, TRG Communities is nurturing active lifestyles and safer streets; a neighborhood where the sidewalk is given significance, green space and parks only steps from your door and street traffic is slowed.

Typical suburban street with an uninviting streetscape and unsafe street width.

Typical suburban street with an uninviting streetscape and unsafe street width.

Sadly, it comes as no surprise that the US spends $2.5 trillion a year on healthcare costs, yet we have some of the highest prevalence of chronic diseases, many of which are caused by our high rates of obesity. But what if the neighborhoods we lived in promoted healthy and active lifestyles by encouraging something as simple as walking? Walking is one of the easiest and healthiest options for physical activity. Research shows that walking and other physical activity has the potential to cut rates of these many diseases by at least 40%. Not all streets and sidewalks are created equal. At TRG Communities we strive to create neighborhoods where cars are optional when you’re headed to the park, pool, church, day care, or any one of your neighbors’ homes. In every one of our communities you will find residents from youth to older adults walking in the morning, afternoon or evening on sidewalks with inspiring streetscapes.

Typical TRG Community view with inviting greenspace and inspiring streetscape. Verdmont: Simpsonville, SC

Typical TRG Community view with inviting greenspace and inspiring streetscape. Verdmont: Simpsonville, SC

Typical TRG Community 24ft-wide safe street and generous sidewalks. Carilion: Greenville, SC

Typical TRG Community 24ft-wide safe street and generous sidewalks. Carilion: Greenville, SC

A community’s ability to cultivate a healthy lifestyle cannot be separated from the safety of streets. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death between ages of 5-34? Traffic accidents for nearly three decades of our lives is the most likely reason for an early death. In TRG Communities, we strive to build safer streets to protect both our neighborhood drivers and pedestrians. A research study conducted by Peter Swift in Longmont, Colorado found that there is a 485% increase in injury accidents when a street increases in width from 24 to 36 feet. In every TRG Community, we have reduced our street width from the typical 36-foot wide suburban street to a 24-foot wide street for safety (while also having a smaller environmental impact too).

Healthy, active and safe children at play in TRG Community.

Healthy, active and safe children at play in TRG Community.

These are just a few simple ideas that TRG Communities embraces when looking to promote healthy and safe families in our neighborhoods. So when you are looking to purchase your next home, be sure to consider whether your next neighborhood may promote or inhibit your family’s health and safety.  Visit any one of our TRG Communities and you will be able to spot families safely riding bikes on the streets, playing in the parks and walking along the sidewalks.

 

Published on by Dan Weidenbenner.