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Change Streets, Change the World

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The Global Designing Cities Initiative transforms streets for the people who use them, shaping cities that allow everyone to prosper.

Our team of designers, planners, and urban strategists seeks to inspire leaders, inform practitioners, and invite communities to imagine what is possible when we design streets that put people first.

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Created with the input of experts, our guides redefine the role of streets in cities around the world.

Global Street Design Guide

Global Street Design Guide

The Global Street Design Guide supports practitioners in redefining the role of streets in cities around the world. Created with the input of experts from 72 cities in 42 countries, the Guide offers technical details to inform street design that prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.
Designing Streets for Kids Guide
Designing Streets for Kids NACTO GDCI Report

Designing Streets for Kids Guide

Designing Streets for Kids captures international best practices, strategies, programs, and policies that cities around the world have used to design spaces that enable children of all ages and abilities to utilize cities’ most abundant asset – streets.
How to Implement Street Transformations

How to Implement Street Transformations

This handbook outlines the steps from initial site selection to planning, implementing, and maintaining pop-up or interim street transformations with a focus on community-driven street designs that ensure the safety and comfort of all street users.

Endorsing the GSDG provides a permission slip for organizations, cities, and regions to advance safe, healthy, sustainable, and vibrant streets.

Latest Updates

Clean Air Project Launched in Accra

February 14, 2024

Clean Air Project Launched in Accra

With the support of the Clean Air Fund, GDCI will help reduce harmful PM2.5 air pollution, focusing on one of the most at risk groups, children.

Road Safety Report Shows Progress, Still Calls For Urgent Action

December 13, 2023

Road Safety Report Shows Progress, Still Calls For Urgent Action

The WHO Global Status on Road Safety Report 2023 shows inroads into reducing road traffic deaths, but also highlights key challenges. Learn how GDCI's work supports cities to reduce vehicle speeds and save lives.