Thinking About Pedestrians, Bicylists, and Transit Users

Getting transportation professionals to think about including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users is a key first step in creating great places and livable communities. Thank “complete streets” movement, which has taken the U.S. by storm.

Gary Toth explains that there are three rules that should be taken into consideration when creating a public space.

Rule One: Think of Streets as Public Spaces

"Roads can be shared spaces, with pedestrian refuges, bike lanes, and on-street parking. Parking lots can become public markets on weekends. Even major urban arterials can be designed to provide for dedicated bus lanes, well-designed bus stops that serve as gathering places, and multimodal facilities for bus rapid transit or other forms of travel."

Rule Two: Plan for Community Outcomes

"Communities need to first envision what kinds of places and interactions they want to support, then plan a transportation system consistent with this collective community vision."

Rule Three: Design for Appropriate Speeds

"Streets need to be designed in a way that induces traffic speeds appropriate for that particular context. ...Speed kills the sense of place. Cities and town centers are destinations, not raceways, and commerce needs traffic - foot traffic.

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Full Story: Are Complete Streets Incomplete?

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