Before the Camp Fire, Paradise was defined by a disorganized street network and a sprawling low-density development pattern, making residents highly reliant on cars. These factors also hampered the residents’ ability to evacuate the town quickly during the Camp Fire.
The goal of rethinking mobility issues in Paradise included a range of initiatives: from increasing street connectivity to improving roadways to encouraging alternative means of transportation, such as biking and walking. All of these had two main purposes: reducing residents’ reliance on cars for everyday travel within the town, and increasing safety, on a day-to-day basis, but primarily in the event of another emergency.
Klimeck, Kaleena and Westover, Foster, "Rethink Mobility" (2019). Goals. 5.