Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations

Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations

This book is designed to communicate how communities of all kinds are making these changes all the time. It is our hope that this will make it easier for new projects to get built and that the examples will make it possible for a “new normal” to take hold, where all streets are revisited and assessed to see whether they can be doing more. This is similar to a post-occupancy analysis–do our streets perform the way we want given all of the needs and uses we have of them? If not, then this book provides many examples on how to move forward and ‘remodel’ our streets.

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Rebalancing a street to include improvements for pedestrians and cyclists can be even more challenging. A road diet, or a four to five lane conversion, manages to successfully rebalance streets by re-allocating two auto lanes for two bike lanes and a center turn lane. By doing so, car throughput remains high and the street becomes a much better place for people.

Landscaping, bikeways, and parking can break-up choke-hold corridors.

Mixed use land areas welcome sharrows and wide green strips in the middle of car lanes to help create a safe place for bikers.

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