Posted on November 30, 2011 8:51 AM
Los Angeles model street design manual
Los Angeles County has published a model street design manual entitled Model Design Manual for Living Streets (access requires a user agreement). The manual was written by national experts in “living streets” concepts and focuses on accommodating all roadway users and all modes, seeking to achieve balanced street design that accommodates cars while ensuring that pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users can travel safely and comfortably. Beyond typical engineering concerns, the manual also offers information and guidance on the street aesthetics, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability.
The manual is intended to be of assistance to cities around the country in updating current practice related roadway planning, design, and construction. Cities may wish to adopt the entire manual, certain chapters only (in full or in part), or to modify or customize chapters to suit their own specific needs. The manual can be downloaded in different file formats in order to simplify the editing and customization process. The manual is intended for three major user groups:
- Municipalities who lack the resources to undertake a major revision of their manuals and are looking for examples to assist in re-tooling their current manuals.
- Municipalities that want to adopt the latest thinking in street design.
- Designers, planners, and engineers who are looking for tools to provide flexibility within their existing street design standards.