Street Design

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Alon Levy argues that the best path to traffic safety is through design rather than traffic law enforcement.
Pedestrian Observations
October 13, 2016, 10am PDT
The city of Ottawa's plan to make improvements to Elgin Street has elicited conflicting opinions between businesses, residents, and commuters on what should be prioritized in order to make a better street.
The Ottawa Citizen
August 23, 2016, 11am PDT
It's something we feel intuitively: poorly-designed arterial roads make for less comfortable neighborhoods. That remains the case even if the adjoining residential streets are quiet and safe.
Streetsblog USA
Blog post
August 16, 2016, 2pm PDT
A blog post exploring why Los Angeles is more car-dependent than some less dense cities.
Michael Lewyn
April 25, 2016, 5am PDT
What does a successfully multi-modal and livable street look like? There are examples all over the world, if you're paying attention.
April 19, 2016, 8am PDT
One of the national centers of authority for street design is onboard with trends already in motion in local jurisdictions all over the United States. So let it be written; so let it be done?
Streetsblog USA
April 6, 2015, 12pm PDT
Public support of people-friendly infrastructure is not automatic. Get your streets right by getting the conversation right. (Includes lots of great shareable graphics.)
April 2, 2015, 2pm PDT
Florida would seem to be the ideal place for walking and biking. It's flat as can be. But the state developed very much with the car in mind. Billy Hattaway, at the Florida Dept. of Transportation, wants to change that.
March 3, 2015, 9am PST
Streetsblog NYC analyses one of the street design standards in place in New York City that will make it impossible to achieve zero pedestrian fatalities under Vision Zero.
StreetsBlog NYC
Blog post
January 8, 2015, 2pm PST
One obstacle to laissez-faire capitalism is capitalists' ability to use government to favor one competitor over another; the history of American street design provides an example.
Michael Lewyn
August 8, 2014, 6am PDT
Chuck Wolfe revisits five instances of how we can learn from the urbanism we already have.
The Huffington Post
August 1, 2014, 8am PDT
What's the best street design to keep bicyclists safely out of the door zone? A buffered bike lane beats a conventional bike lane or "wide curb lane" according to a recent study published in TRB, based on observations in Chicago and Cambridge, Mass.
June 23, 2014, 7am PDT
A precedent-setting settlement for a cyclist run over after being doored should send a message to motorists, both exiting their parked vehicle and when driving, and cyclists when riding adjacent to parked cars.
Streetsblog USA
May 24, 2014, 7am PDT
A dense network of streets creates the conditions for faster response times. Better pedestrian and automobile safety and excellent response times is a win-win. So why are fire officials undermining this network with calls for wider streets?
Better! Cities & Towns
May 21, 2014, 6am PDT
Planners and urbanists are familiar with the many instances when fire and life safety codes conflict with quality urban design. The city of San Francisco is currently embroiled in policy conflict over the width of its streets.
May 13, 2014, 7am PDT
West Palm Beach, Florida is undertaking a walkability study of its downtown; wide streets and a confusing mix of jurisdictions provide substantial challenges to the effort.
The Palm Beach Post
January 31, 2014, 5am PST
The transformation in the way New York's streets are designed, used and conceived is one of the most visible legacies of the Bloomberg administration. Branden Klayko assembles before and after images of 25 of the city's transformative road diets.
The Architect's Newspaper Blog
December 1, 2013, 7am PST
Having a hard time selling a street re-design to skeptical stakeholders? Try “Unity3D Visualization”, a design simulation tool created by a Portland-based video game designer that lets viewers interact with proposed environments in three-dimensions.
People for Bikes
October 17, 2013, 2pm PDT
People-powered street design is getting a major boost with the help of two new tools that make it easy to reimagine unsatisfactory streetscapes.
August 13, 2013, 12pm PDT
OK, so we missed this relaunch for our just-published list of the Top Websites. Another remarkable venture from the fellows at civic tech leader Code for America, Streeetmix is an impressively user-friendly and attractive tool for designing streets.