Policies and Strategies
Individual street transformations can demonstrate results and build momentum toward broader change. Each project must work toward embedding this new approach to street design into local codes, training curricula, and political campaigns.
Policies reflecting desirable future conditions—and not documenting past trends—should drive decisions about street design. When the evaluation of a pilot or completed project demonstrates positive outcomes in various categories, it should be utilized to update policies, remove impediments to best practices, inform new local design guidelines, and alter existing transportation or engineering models. The following tools and policies can be updated to incentivize and require sustainable street design practices.
Local, Regional, and National Policies
Ensure the study, evaluation, and applicability of local, regional, and national policies. Use street redesign projects to inform policies at all these scales based on the authorities and different jurisdictions responsible for the street right-of-way. Remove impediments from all sources in order to promote successful design measures through institutional support.
Ensure all mobility plans include design guidance, minimum standards, and performance metrics to promote walking, cycling, and transit use.
Transportation Investment Policies and Strategies
Shape or adjust mandates to require a percentage of every street project budget be put toward active and sustainable transportation.
Street Design Guidelines
Develop local guidance on minimum quality standards and dimensions for best-practice streets.
Allow, incentivize, and require the implementation of best practices. Align areas of growth with transit corridors; reduce or eliminate minimum parking standards; and update pedestrian ramps regulations. Provide requirements and incentives for ground floor uses and transparency levels to activate the street environment.
Provide guidance and requirements for street design for new neighborhoods and other large-scale developments.
Ensure street design and sustainable mobility are part of sustainability plans.