Thanks Laura for post on Street as place. As mentioned in the post, it’s true that people are becoming addicted towards cars which in turn leads to convert streets to vehicular lanes and forget about the sidewalks, the curb, the trees, the urban furniture, the storefronts, and the many other uses along the way.
It is interesting to find solutions to accommodate these different group of people ranging from pedestrian to car owners. Different elements mentioned by Laura in the post such as roundabouts, different paving materials, reduced corner radio, two way streets and lane narrowing help in designing a better street for everyone.
Most importantly a pedestrian on street should feel safe while walking. Connectivity is more important for sustainable street network which helps in encouraging walking and shortens driving trips.
In the end she has asks about the design element that makes a street as my favourite place. There is one street known as Avenue 16 de Septiembre in Mexico City which was redesigned in 2014 to make pedestrian movement as priority.
They used different traffic calming techniques such as lowering the speed limit, putting the sidewalk and road at grade, widening sidewalks, and adding bollards, helped to improve road safety, promote the equitable sharing of space, and spur economic development. This helped to create more mobile and safer street for resident of all ages.
This street is true example of street design for people and not just cars. More pedestrian moment lead to more business for the store owners in the street. These solutions can be replicated across the city and the world to increase access to schools, markets, hospitals and especially housing.
- Dales, J. (2016). No prizes for originality. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.urbanmovement.co.uk/thoughts/no-prizes-for-originality-john-dales.