Multimodal illustration

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Development along a corridor can be configured to reduce walking distances for customers and make streets more useful for pedestrians, transit users, and bicyclists. Successful site design balances automobile and pedestrian accessibility and creates a presence that is welcoming to all users. A key factor is the organization of buildings and parking relative to adjacent streets. Drawing the building to the street edge and moving parking to the rear frames the street - enhancing and enlivening - the pedestrian environment with storefronts and entrances along the sidewalk. Building entries should border main streets and public thoroughfares to foster a vibrant, walkable environment.

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Multimodal illustration

  1. 1. Built EnvironmentDevelopment along a corridor can beconfigured to reduce walking distancesfor customers and make streets moreuseful for pedestrians, transit users, andbicyclists. Successful site design balancesautomobile and pedestrian accessibilityand creates a presence that is welcomingto all users. A key factor is theorganization of buildings and parking Mixed use buildings drawn to the street edge create a more Massing and facade design createvisual interest for pedestrians.relative to adjacent streets. Drawing the pleasant and inviting pedestrian environment.building to the street edge and movingparking to the rear frames the street -enhancing and enlivening - the pedestrianenvironment with storefronts and entrancesalong the sidewalk. Building entries shouldborder main streets and publicthoroughfares to foster a vibrant, walkableenvironment. Bicycle parking included as part of site design improves On street parking and attractive landscaping buffer pedestrians accessibility. from traffic. Parking is located behind the building along this arterial. Example of a service drive connecting adjacent parcels and sharing a rear located surface lot.
  2. 2. Complete StreetsA complete street is safe, comfortable andconvenient for travel by automobile, foot,bicycle, and transit, regardless of age andability. People who live in communities withcomplete streets reap the benefitsassociated with bicycling and walking, suchas increased physical activity, broadertravel choices and improved safety. Motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit are accomodated on Sometimes bike lanes and on-street parking can be installed as this complete street. part of a “road-diet,” in which a 4 lane road is converted to two. On-street parking provides convenient front door parking Safety strips help to narrow a roadway while still providing opportunities along urban roadways, contributes to the street space for emergency vehicles to manuver. environment, and creates a protective buffer between pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
  3. 3. Intersections + CrossingsEnsuring that motorists, pedestrians, andbicyclists can cross streets safely andconveniently to access destinations isessential to creating an effectivemultimodal transportation network. Brick crossings are more appropriate in commercial areas or locations with high pedestrian volumes. Crosswalks are needed to provide higher visibility to pedestrians. Modern roundabouts can be used as an alternative to signalized Medians can serve as a landing place for pedestrians who cross a intersections. street midblock or at an intersection location. Countdown pedestrian signals facilitate pedestrian movement at intersections with heavy traffic volumes or signalized mid-block crossings.
  4. 4. Bicycle + Pedestrian FacilitiesEncouraging cycling and walking iscritical to creating a healthy, multimodalcorridor. Whether in an urban orsuburban area, biking and walking isbest accommodated by a connectednetwork of facilities, complementaryland uses, attractive streetscaping,regular controlled crossings, and lowerspeeds of passing traffic. Example of bike lane. Crosswalks should be present on all legs at signalized intersections. Shared use paths lie outside the roadway and are shared Shared use path in suburban commercial area. by many non-motorist modes. Example of pushbutton-integrated accessible pedestrian signal.
  5. 5. Transit Services + FacilitiesComfortable and accessible transitfacilities are an important component ofa multimodal roadway. Transit stopsthat are accessible to pedestrians withdirect sidewalk connections andsurrounded by a good mix of land useshelp expedite travel. Providing ashelter, bench, trash receptacle, as wellas bicycle parking, lighting, and transitsystem information creates a morecomfortable environment for the user. Sidewalk provides direct connection to transit shelter. Transit stop is surrounded by a mix of uses. Real-time information lets passengers know how long they Shelter, bench, trash can, signage, and bicycle rack provides might have to wait. comfortable waiting area.

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