Streets are made for walk­ing

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Skye Dun­can and Seth Solomonow

Fpeo­ple who take the bus, walk or ride bikes is great for lo­cal busi­ness, sup­port­ing neigh­bour­hoods and a healthy civic life and the peo­ple who ac­tu­ally use them to­day, rather than self-ful­fill­ing pro­jec­tions of fu­ture car traf­fic.

They make peo­ple’s lives bet­ter, less stress­ful, and longer.They also rep­re­sent i mpor­tant i nvest­ments in a city’s long- term sustainability. Maybe that’s why they’re so pop­u­lar: In­de­pen­dent polls found that a wide ma­jor­ity num­bers of New York­ers sup­ported the changes, and to­day are de­mand­ing even more in­ter­ven­tions in neigh­bour­hoods across the city.

The good news is that re­claim­ing and re­design­ing streets is no longer a tech­ni­cal is­sue, it’s a mat­ter of will. Af­ter decades of de­sign paral­y­sis caused by out-of-date traf­fic man­u­als, the in­no­va­tive de­sign prin­ci­ples from New York City and other cities have been dis­tilled by NACTO (the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of City Trans­porta­tion Of­fi­cials, a con­sor­tium of city gov­ern­ments chang­ing their streets) into the Ur­ban Street De­sign Guide.

These guide­lines have been recog­nised by fed­eral, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments, giv­ing cities a new play­book for plan­ning streets that ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one, not just those who are driv­ing.

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