Why Complete Streets are the answer

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North America is on the verge of a new paradigm of street design, with planning authorities recognising that people-based design is the key to fostering vibrant cities. At the forefront of the ‘street revolution’ is the concept of Complete Streets, a policy tool to ensure that road design considers the needs of all users: pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users, the elderly, the disabled, and drivers.

Complete Streets Policies are rooted in a simple notion: people make our cities, and thus our planning practices should cater to the needs of people. For too long, roads in the United States and Canada (and in the rest of the world) have been designed to move cars rather than people. Instead, the road network should form an integrated system, designed to connect a wide variety of transportation options.

To download the pdf article from Mobility magazine edition 10, click Complete Streets – www.mobilitymagazine.co.za.

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