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Press Release: NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative Launches Global Street Design Guide in Italian

Internationally-acclaimed urban design resource, endorsed by 57 cities worldwide, is now available in Italian, making the tools for safer, more sustainable, and more vibrant streets accessible to more city leaders and practitioners around the world. 

(Italian press release here)


For Immediate Release: May 27, 2021
: Annah MacKenzie | [email protected] 

The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI), a program of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), today released the Italian translation of the Global Street Design Guide. Originally published by Island Press and released in 2016 by NACTO-GDCI, with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Guide was translated into Italian with support from Comune di Milano and Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente e Territorio (AMAT). 

The Global Street Design Guide was created with the input of experts from 72 cities in 42 countries and offers international case studies and technical details to inform street design that prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders.

“Italy is the historical home of some of the world’s most walkable and vibrant streets, and this guide reimagines these roadway design principles for a new age as cities reemerge and recover,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal with Bloomberg Associates and chair of the Global Designing Cities Initiative. “The translation of the guide—and its endorsement by visionary leaders like Mayor Sala—will put pedestrians, bike and transit riders on equal footing and bring safer, more livable streets within reach of every neighborhood in every Italian city.”

“We are thrilled that this guide will also be available in our country,” said Pierfrancesco Maran, councilor for urban planning, greenery and agriculture of the Municipality of Milan. “The streets of our cities, especially Milan, have changed a lot in recent years, in relation to the climate emergency, to the needs of citizens for a better quality of life, and in response to the pandemic. Today the city is more beautiful, on a human scale, and we are certain that this is only the beginning of an evolution towards which all the great cities of the world are looking.”

“The Global Street Design Guide introduces a new way of thinking and designing urban streets that puts people at the center of the design process, said Fabrizio Prati, Associate Director of Design at NACTO-GDCI. “Through this publication, NACTO-GDCI wants to create a tool to inspire local actors, experts, professionals, and citizens on the possibility of a safer, healthy, sustainable and human-centered street design.”

Since its release, the guide has been endorsed by 57 cities, 48 organizations, two regions, and one country, and it has been downloaded more than 32,000 times from NACTO-GDCI’s website. For city leaders and practitioners, endorsing the guide can serve as a “permission slip,” enabling them to shift their approach to urban street design, and to better align their strategies with global agendas such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” by addressing intersecting issues such as transportation, planning, disaster risk reduction, environmental impact, and public space.

Support for this translation was made possible by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS). Translations of the Guide are also available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin.  

The Italian translation of the Global Street Design Guide is available for purchase in Italian bookshops, on NACTO-GDCI’s website, and on Amazon. It is also available for free download here.  


About the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
NACTO is an association of 89 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. The organization’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter at @NACTO.

About the NACTO Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI)
Launched in 2014 as a program of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the Global Designing Cities Initiative focuses on transforming streets to inspire safe, sustainable, and healthy cities. GDCI’s work is informed by the strategies and international best practices captured in the Global Street Design Guide. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter at @globalstreets.

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