To tame the street so all street users can share in its function for their specific needs, We have to reduce the vehicle operating speeds.
A schematic diagram of some of the components of an urban thoroughfare design. Point out a few of the components. Explain the complexity of integrating the components, particularly in constrained right-of-way.
Complete Streets, Complete Places
Complete Streets, Complete PlacesNorman W. GarrickUniversity of Connecticut
Chicagoans experience city life through its streets.We must build and maintain our roadsfor healthy business districts, vibrant neighborhoods, and high quality of life– and move away from the narrow perspectives of the past.We must measure success on safety, choices, and livability.Gabe Klein, Commissioner, CDOThttp://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cdot/Complete%20Streets/CompleteStreetsGuidelines.pdfReleasedApril 2013
Why do we need Complete Streets? Economic vitality and viability Traffic safety Travel choices Sustainable access and travel
Three Patterns for Complete Streets1. Connected and Complete Street NetworkComplete streets function as part of a connected and complete streetnetwork with different types of streets serving different functions2. Convenience, Comfort and Safety for VulnerableRoad UsersComplete streets are convenient, safe and comfortable for all, but especiallyfor vulnerable road users3. Sense of PlaceComplete streets are places. Never just conduits for travel
Element 1Design Connected and Complete Street Networks
Characteristicsof a Complete Street Network1. High Level of Connectivity at Neighborhood City-wide Regional Scale1. Frequent Intersections2. All streets are walkable and Crossable3. Wide variety of street types (Boulevard, Avenues, Streets, Lanes)
Context Sensitive Solutions in Designing Major Urban Thoroughfares for WalkableCommunitiesTypical Width on Urban Thoroughfares9 to 12 ftWidth of AllElements varydepending onContext7 to 8 ft Next to ParkingWe Need > 5 feet> 7 is probably too much