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The recommended width for travel lanes on routes that allow trucks and large vehicles is 3.3 m, and any allowable truck routes or restrictions should be clearly marked. Use freight vehicles as the design vehicle to set widths and corner radii only on primary freight corridors. On smaller local routes where freight access is needed, use smaller vehicles as the control vehicle.
Loading bays facilitate the efficient pick-up and drop-off of goods to and from local businesses. These should be located away from intersections to reduce conflicts and in areas where their services will not block sidewalks or cycle lanes. Loading bays should be strategically located to complement other urban street activities, and their use can be limited to certain times. Time restrictions should apply in high-volume pedestrian areas.
Routes that allow oversized vehicles carrying wide loads, such as prefabricated materials or large construction machinery, should be able to accommodate loads that fit within an envelope of 10 m wide and 6 m high. These should be strategically located to allow transfer points for goods to narrower contexts, should be limited to off-peak hours, and assume projection over low streetscape elements such as planters and curb extensions to achieve required clear paths.
Adapted by Global Street Design Guide published by Island Press.
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