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Global Street Design Guide redefines the role of streets

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released the first-ever Global Street Design Guide to serve as a new baseline for designing urban streets and public spaces around the world.

The guide works from the basic premise that cities are places for people. It aims to shift the parameters of designing streets from the point of view of automobile movement and safety to include the access, safety, and mobility for all users and modes. Also, it prioritizes environmental quality, economic benefits, public health, and the enhancement of place and overall quality of life.

The Guide builds off the tools and tactics defined in NACTO's Urban Street Design Guide  and Urban Bikeway Design Guide, while addressing a variety of street typologies, design elements, and best practices found in various contexts around the world. Its goal is to help cities unlock the potential of streets as safe, accessible, and sustainable.


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