The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the Global Designing Cities Initiative(GDCI) recently unveiled the Global Street Design Guide, the first-ever worldwide standard for redesigning city streets to prioritize safety, pedestrians, transit and sustainable mobility for an urban century. The Global Street Design Guide sets a new global baseline for designing urban streets. Recognizing that cities are places for people, the guide shifts the parameters of designing urban streets from the typical point of view of automobile movement and safety, to include access, safety, and mobility for all users, environmental quality, economic benefit, enhancement of place, public health, and overall quality of life.
NACTO-GDCI invites cities, national governments, organizations and other civic bodies to endorse this new vision for world-class street design. Become part of an elite network of global leaders to endorse the Global Street Design Guide.
Invitation for Endorsement
On behalf of the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and my fellow transportation and urban design professionals in cities around the world, I invite you to join me in endorsing the new Global Street Design Guide as a leading resource for designing safe, sustainable, and economically vibrant streets in cities across the world.
As city leaders, transportation commissioners, and critical shapers of the built environment we find ourselves today in the midst of unprecedented change, as the demands placed upon our streets and the desires of our citizens have set in motion a new paradigm for and perception of the street itself. Pressures from public health to climate change to mobile technology are together reshaping and redefining our profession, while at the same time opening opportunities for innovation that were inconceivable only a decade ago.
City streets demand a unique approach unmet by conventional design guidelines. When I was Transportation Commissioner of New York City, one of my first efforts was to develop a comprehensive Street Design Manual tailored to the special characteristics of New York City streets. This effort has not only translated into a series of game-changing projects and initiatives, but has brought disparate agencies together around a common vision for safe and livable streets.
Now, we need this kind of guidance for cities around the globe. These guidelines serve an indispensable role in planning modern city streets, especially as we work with our partners at all levels of government in various contexts around the world. Following the successful local, state, and national endorsement campaign for NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide, and the Urban Bikeway Design Guide in the North American context, we know your endorsement of the Global Street Design Guide will put us in the right direction.
Join me in supporting the Global Street Design Guide—a vision for world-class city street design that meets the goals of our city leaders and the desires of our communities in various corners of the globe.
Endorsements for the Guide can be made by adapting the attached letter template on official city letterhead. All letters must be addressed to Janette Sadik-Khan, Permanent Chair. Any questions regarding the campaign or the Guide itself should be directed to Skye Duncan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Abhimanyu Prakash (email@example.com).
Global Designing Cities Initiative.
** Please find the endorsement letter draft here.
What does endorsing the GSDG mean?
Endorsing the GSDG provides your leaders, city agencies, and consultants, a permission slip to innovate and follow global best practices. It communicates a message to your citizens, colleagues, and partners that you promote a ‘people’ and ‘place’ based approach toward street design in your city/in your work, prioritizing our most vulnerable users. The GSDG endorsement allows your organization/city to be part of an elite global network of cities striving to take action in changing their streets and provides the opportunity to be connected to a select Global Expert Network that offers peer-to-peer mentoring and best-practice knowledge sharing.
Who can endorse the GSDG?
City level, regional, or national government agencies, organizations and other civic bodies can endorse the Global Street Design Guide. The name of your organization or city name will be added to a collection of endorsements on the GDCI website. The endorsement letter must be signed by the highest official representative of your organization or government agency, such as the Mayor’s Office, city, regional, or national transportation department, transit agencies, or local or regional planning departments. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further clarification.
Mayors and leaders supporting the GSDG
Janette Sadik-Khan and Skye Duncan with (from left to right) Michael Bloomberg, United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change and former mayor of New York City, Luis Alberto Moreno, president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá.
Janette Sadik-Khan with (from left to right) the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes, the intendant of Santiago Metropolitan Region, Claudio Orrego, and the Mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Ángel Mancera.
Janette Sadik-Khan and Skye Duncan with (from left to right) the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Deputy Governor for Spatial Planning and Environment of Jakarta, Oswar Muadzin Mungkasa and the Chair of the Environment and Community Council of Auckland, Penny Hulse.