Browse Topics: Street Design
Mobility Hubs coordinate land uses, transportation options and street+parking design with special attention to growing options with shared use mobility (bikes, cars, on-demand rides and ride share) and pre-planning for driverless vehicles and evolving technologies. For land uses, mobility hubs emphasize flexible uses, incremental, iterative development and careful attention to sidewalks and curbs. These areas are also ripe for retrofits for resilience and green infrastructure
First Mile/Last Mile Guide for Expanding the Reach of Transit
Transit trips (e.g., rail, streetcar, bus rapid transit, bus) are comprised not only of the journey on a transit vehicle, but also those trips (1) from origin to the transit stop and (2) from the end station to the ultimate destination. These end trips to/from station areas are often made on foot, by bicycle or car/vanpools. Cities are beginning to improve these first mile/last mile pathways in order to increase the “transit-shed” of riders.
People St. – pre-permitted public improvements in Los Angeles
People St is a one-stop shop for information, resources, and materials to construct plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals. People St. streamlines the process installing these three types of projects in Los Angeles neighborhoods. People St. represents one of the many tools in Los Angeles’ Great Streets toolbox
“Add a tree to your street” public engagement tool
Project Great Streets printed 4 inch trees on mylar. People can hold up the image on treeless streets to imagine what a street tree may look like. It is like “photoshopping” trees onto the streetscape in real time.
A Successful Downtown – Lafayette Downtown Action Plan
Through a community wide appraisal, Lafayette Louisiana reaffirmed its strengths and looked to future challenges. In order to attract and keep talent, the town found it needed to add quality housing, connections, and enhance the unique value proposition offered by downtown: convenience, vibrancy and outdoor living rooms.
Cities as a Lab: Designing the Innovation Economy
The American Institute of Architects’ Cities as a Lab initiative aims to identify and instrumentalize how design can foster innovation to meet American cities’ changing needs.
Protected Intersection Design for Bicycles
While the miles of protected, on-street bike lanes continues to grow, that protection ends at intersections. Nick Falbo adapts Dutch design to extend protection through intersections.
Philadelphia Green Streets Design Manual
Philadelphia released a Green Streets Design Manual (Feb 2014) to introduce park-like, functional infrastructure back into the city’s paved landscape. The manual covers a list of suggested practices and the specifications needed to meet multiple goals from myriad agencies that have responsibility over streets.
Santa Monica, California held a one day event to help plan improvements using temporary installations along sidewalks and streets.