- Trees can calm traffic and reduce vehicle speeds by appearing to narrow the width of the roadway. In an area where streets were widened and trees were not present, accidents increased by almost 500% within an 8-year period.
Walking and Biking
- Tree lined streets and sidewalks encourage residents to walk and ride bikes, rather than drive personal vehicles due to the reduced urban heat island effect.
- By selecting the right tree species for a given area, the pavement damage typically caused by tree roots can be mitigated and spending on infrastructure repair will decrease.