Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares

That's the title of a new report from CNU and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) that attempts to right the wrongs of the car-centric street design of the past 75 years.

Noah Kazis at Streetsblog talks with Dan Burden, walkability guru. Burden participated in the report, and he says it represents a couple of significant breakthroughs:

BURDEN: "One where we struggled hard, but finally broke free, is setting a target speed for roads. Before, there was always the driving speed, which had to be higher than the posted speed to provide "forgiveness" to drivers. Of course, drivers totally figured that one out, and they'd drive faster than the posted speed. In these guidelines, they're supposed to design the road for the speed that we want to elicit from the driver. "

Thanks to Noah Kazis

Full Story: Making Streets for Walking: Dan Burden on Reforming Design Standards


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