Streets are made for walking
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 After decades of design paralysis caused by out-of-date traffic manuals, the innovative design principles from New York City and other cities have been distilled by NACTO (the National Association of City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.