CDOT Endorses Urban Street Design Guides

by Jill Locantore on October 8, 2014

USDG_medThe Colorado Department of Transportation recently became the 7th state to endorse the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide. The guide serves as a blueprint for 21st century streetscapes, demonstrating how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented as safe, sustainable public spaces for people walking, biking, and taking transit. The City and County of Denver also previously endorsed the guide, as did the Federal Highway Administration.

Focused on the unique and complex challenge of designing urban streets, the guide promotes innovative designs that the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has traditionally shied away from in its engineering bible, known as the “green book.” NACTO offers engineering guidance on everything from crosswalks (zebra-striped, please, for greater visibility) to parklets (go ahead, usurp a few parking spots!) to slow zones (speed humps, tables, and cushions). WalkDenver looks forward to working with CDOT and the City and County of Denver to apply these concepts throughout the city.

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