Global Street Design Guide

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Global Street Design Guide

Pedestrian-Priority Spaces

Pedestrian-priority spaces play a prominent role in shaping a walkable, accessible, and enjoyable city. They provide places for people of all ages and abilities to use the city without competing with other modes of transportation.

These spaces encourage people to move at their own pace and provide facilities that invite people to stop, stay, and spend time. They provide a space of relief in dense urban areas, activate underutilized spaces, and boost the local businesses.

When lined with commercial activity and supported by high volumes of foot traffic, pedestrian-priority spaces may allow businesses access for loading and deliveries at limited times. In some cases, smaller lanes or alleys support local vehicular access at very slow speeds.

Whether they are small plazas or pocket parks, narrow lanes or large shopping streets, pedestrianpriority spaces operate as a part of the city’s larger network of streets, parks, and public places to provide a comprehensive network of quality public open spaces, and a variety of urban experiences.

Pedestrian-priority spaces should be equitably distributed throughout all neighborhoods of the city, offering opportunities for social interaction, active recreation, healthy living, and an improved quality
of life.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Adapted by Global Street Design Guide published by Island Press.