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Urban Street Design Guide Hardcover – October 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1610914949 ISBN-10: 1610914945 Edition: 2nd
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Editorial Reviews


"The National Association of City Transportation Officials has produced Urban Street Design Guide, a book as visual, legible and appealing as the improved streets the group hopes to foster."

"NACTO's Urban Bikeway Design Guide has already empowered cities around the country to embrace protected bike lanes and other innovative designs that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has shied away from in its engineering bible, known as the 'green book.'"
(Streetsblog DC)

"...takes a deep dive into street design elements, intersection design and designing for safety."
(Untapped Cities)

"As for the guide itself, it's a comprehensive resource that covers everything from facilities on arterials to neighborhood streets and design elements ranging from crosswalks, parklets, street closures and public plazas."
(Bike Portland)

"It has been forty years since Americans first walked on the moon. Now indeed, focus has come to walking on US streets. This book is a much needed, very readable, and well-illustrated design guideline for all types of people-friendly streets. Well done."
(Jan Gehl Professor and Urbanist, Copenhagen; author of Cities for People)

"Cities are our future, economically and environmentally, and the design of our streets is essential to urban vitality. This design guide gives planners and engineers around the United States solid urban standards they can rely on, and we as policy makers can count on for sustainable, safe, inviting and therefore business- and people-friendly streets for current users and future generations."
(Gabe Klein Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation)

"The Urban Street Design Guide is an easy-to-use playbook for building safe and sustainable streets. The guide captures state-of-the-art practices to meet the huge demand for urban streets that reflect and promote the inherent social, economic, and sustainability advantages of cities."
(Janette Sadik-Khan Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation and NACTO President)

"...remarkably thoughtful, thorough, and useful contribution to the holistic reimagining and remaking of urban space."

"...the NACTO guidelines give us a language to discuss transportation policy choices in human terms, on the level of values."

"a highly-functional, well illustrated manual to transforming ugly, underperforming streets into popular boulevards....NACTO has managed to hit a sweet spot, presenting street design in a form that an engaged layperson could understand but with enough meat that a transportation engineer wouldn't feel insulted. This is a book that you might very well use as a reference on a regular basis."
(Planetizen's Top 10 Books of 2014)

About the Author

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is a membership network that provides support and resources for city transportation officials in cities of all sizes. Member Cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC. The current NACTO president is Janette Sadik-Kahn, Department of Transportation commissioner of New York City.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610914945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610914949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill G on September 7, 2014
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Excellent illustrations good overview of good design. I wish my state planners would read it. They seem to be stuck in obsolete planning that created our big city slums. This book is helping me push back. It is worth the relatively high price.
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Focused knowledge. well presented. concise. good graphics. user friendly Street design manual for urban design and planning. Best i saw
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By ClovisArt on September 27, 2014
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A very practical, easy-to-read guide, it is an essential guide for city planners and urban designers.
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