Guide to Street Design in Urban India

A new guidebook illustrates ways to create safer streets and more livable public spaces.
January 11, 2012, 12pm PST | Todd Litman
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This detailed and illustrated manual, produced by the Institute for Transport and Development Policy and the Ahmedabad-based Environmental Planning Collaborative, provides guidance on how to apply good design to create attractive, safe multi-modal streets and more livable public spaces.

The manual describes sixteen street elements, such as footpaths, cycle tracks, medians, and spaces for street vending, and discusses the role each plays in an efficient, multi-use roadway. It identifies the different functions of streets and emphasizes the need to design complete streets that provide space for all users. It describes practical ways to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and ways to avoid common pitfalls. Through the street and intersection templates one can get a sense of how the different elements come together for different types and sizes of streets. Finally, there is an overview of the activities that are undertaken as a part of the overall process of street design.

This manual is intended for planners, urban designers, landscape architects, civil engineers, government officials and citizens who are interested in improving the quality of urban environments and the character of city streets. Although produced in India, the authors feel it is "suitable for use in any urban area."

Better Streets, Better Cities [PDF, 52 MB]

Thanks to Todd Litman

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Published on Monday, January 9, 2012 in Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
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