Sustainable Street Network Principles

2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Drawing on the research and discussion that has gone on over the past 20 years, they recently published a small booklet entitled Sustainable Street Network Principles in conjunction with the Institute for Transportation Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration. They offer 7 principles for laying out a transportation network that takes into account all of the modes of transportation someone might choose.

  1. Create a street network that supports communities and places
  2. Create a street network that attracts and sustains economic activity
  3. Maximize transportation choice
  4. Integrate the street network with natural systems at all scales
  5. Respect the existing natural and built environment
  6. Emphasize walking as the fundamental unit of the street network
  7. Create harmony with other transportation networks

You can read more about the background of the project here.

You can download the PDF of the full booklet here.

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