Urban Street Design Guide

Urban Street Design Guide

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The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide shows how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented to prioritise safe driving and transit, cycling, walking, and public activity. Unlike older, more conservative engineering manuals, this design guide emphasises the core principle that urban streets are public places and have a larger role to play in communities than solely being conduits for traffic. The well-illustrated guide offers blueprints of street design from multiple perspectives, from the bird's eye view to granular details. Case studies show how to implement best practices, as well as provide guidance for customizing design applications to a city's unique needs. Urban Street Design Guide outlines five goals and tenets of world-class street design: Streets are public spaces - streets play a much larger role in the public life of cities and communities than just thoroughfares for traffic; Great streets are great for business - well-designed streets generate higher revenues for businesses and higher values for homeowners; Design for safety - traffic engineers can and should design streets where people walking, parking, shopping, cycling, working, and driving can cross paths safely; and, Streets can be changed - transportation engineers can work flexibly within the building envelope of a street, and many city streets were created in a different era and need to be reconfigured to meet new needs. Elaborating on these fundamental principles, the guide offers substantive direction for cities seeking to improve street design to create more inclusive, multi-modal urban environments. It is an exceptional resource for redesigning streets to serve the needs of 21st century cities, whose residents and visitors demand a variety of transportation options, safer streets, and vibrant community life.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 228.6 x 279.4 x 15.24mm | 861.82g
  • Island Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • four-colour throughout
  • 1610914945
  • 9781610914949
  • 215,693

About National Association of City Transportation Officials

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is a membership network that provides support and resources for city transportation officials in cities of all sizes. Member Cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC. The current NACTO president is Janette Sadik-Kahn, Department of Transportation commissioner of New York City.show more

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""The Urban Street Design Guide" is an easy-to-use playbook for building safe and sustainable streets. The guide captures state-of-the-art practices to meet the huge demand for urban streets that reflect and promote the inherent social, economic, and sustainability advantages of cities."--Janette Sadik-Khan "Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and NACTO President " "It has been forty years since Americans first walked on the moon. Now indeed, focus has come to walking on US streets. This book is a much needed, very readable, and well-illustrated design guideline for all types of people-friendly streets. Well done."--Jan Gehl, Professor and Urbanist, Copenhagen; author of "Cities for People" "Cities are our future, economically and environmentally, and the design of our streets is essential to urban vitality. This design guide gives planners and engineers around the United States solid urban standards they can rely on, and we as policy makers can count on for sustainable, safe, inviting and therefore business- and people-friendly streets for current users and future generations."--Gabe Klein, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation "The Urban Street Design Guide is an easy-to-use playbook for building safe and sustainable streets. The guide captures state-of-the-art practices to meet the huge demand for urban streets that reflect and promote the inherent social, economic, and sustainability advantages of cities."--Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and NACTO Presidentshow more

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