TRB 2014 Workshop on NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
Sunday, January 12, 2014
9:00am – 12:00pm
NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide charts the principles and practices of the nation’s foremost engineers, planners, and designers working in cities today. A blueprint for the 21st century street, the guide offers an inside perspective into how cities can transform their streets to confront the demands and challenges of the near future. From public plazas to BRT to stormwater management, the guide provides an in-depth overview of how to design livable, multimodal, and resilient city streets.
9:00-9:20 Introduction and Overview of Urban Street Design Guide
Speaker: David Vega-Barachowitz, NACTO
9:20-10:00 Complete Streets Across Different Street Types
Mike Flynn, NYCDOT
In an urban context, street design must meet the needs of people walking, driving, cycling, and taking transit - all in a constrained space. Mike Flynn will draw on NYCDOT’s experience in designing complete streets for different sizes and contexts.
10:15-10:35 Intersection Design Principles
Michael King, Nelson/Nygaard
As focal points of activity for pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists, intersections are a critical part of the city streetscape and transportation network. Good intersection design maximizes visibility and creates a safe and intuitive space for people driving, walking and cycling, promoting economic growth and active street life.
10:35-10:55 Interim Design Strategies: Programs for Parklets and Public Plazas
Ariel Ben-Amos, Philadelphia
The use of interim materials gives cities greater flexibility when making changes to the streetscape by enabling projects to be implemented in the short term, allowing the community to weigh in on the space’s effectiveness before creating the permanent condition. Examples of interim materials use are plazas and parklets, pedestrianizing a corridor, or redesigning complex intersections.
11:10-11:30 Signalization Strategies:
Peter Koonce, Portland
The allocation of time by traffic signals is as important as the allocation of space in governing how streets operate. Signal timing tools such as Leading Pedestrian Intervals and Split-Phasing can help ensure safe environments that support walking, bicycling, public transportation, and economic vitality.
11:30-11:50 Green Infrastructure:
Janet Attarian, Chicago
Sustainable stormwater management treats and slows runoff from impervious
roadways, sidewalks, and building surfaces. The use of bioswales, flow-through
planters, pervious strips, or pervious pavements can help capture water closer to
the source, relieving the pressure on waste systems and decreasing ponding and