Global Street Design Guide

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Global Street Design Guide

Existing Conditions

The illustration above depicts a wide street that runs through an underutilized industrial area where a new development is planned.

This two-way street contains two wide travel lanes in each direction, designed to accommodate large trucks. Perpendicular parking lines both sides of the street.

Traffic volumes are low, but vehicles  travel quickly.

Sidewalks are narrow, inactive, or nonexistent, and are lined with blank walls, loading docks, and fences.

These formerly industrial areas may be the target of extensive urban regeneration, potentially channeling significant private and public investment.

New York City, USA

Design Guidance

New uses attracted by building retrofits and zoning changes require these streets to be redesigned for multiple users. See: Designing Streets for Place.

Maintaining some of the industrial qualities is important in developing a distinctive character for the neighborhood.

A new transit service is provided in both directions, shared with mixed traffic.

 Reduce the street width to a single travel lane in each direction, widen sidewalks, and provide green infrastructure. Bioremediation strategies can help to mitigate effects of past industrial uses and safely allow residential and commercial uses.

 Include wide frontage zones on sidewalks, new development, and reused warehouses to support active sidewalks.

Add street furniture and public seating to enhance the pedestrian experience.

 Provide parallel parking and loading spaces in small sections, alternating with rain gardens and trees.

 Develop the street as a shared space by removing curbs and markings, and reducing the width of the roadbed. Encourage active users to use the entire right-of-way and maintain low travel speeds. See: Shared Streets.

Adapted by Global Street Design Guide published by Island Press.

Case Study: Jellicoe St.; Auckland, New Zealand

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Case Study: Jellicoe St.; Auckland, New Zealand