Adopt Context-Sensitive Street Design Guidelines
Context-sensitive street design guidelines require a collaborative approach to transportation planning. They need a shared stakeholder vision, comprehensive understanding of contexts, and design flexibility to balance the transportation needs of multiple modes while enhancing community and natural environments.
- Guidelines should address both the planning process and design considerations NCHRP Report 642: Quantifying the Benefits of Context Sensitive Solutions provides 15 guiding principles for context-sensitive solutions, including:iStamatiadis, Nikiforos; Kirk, Adam; Harman, Don; Hopwood, Theodore; Pigman, Jerry. NCHRP Report 642: Quantifying the Benefits of Context-Sensitive Solutions. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. June 30, 2009.
- Use interdisciplinary teams
- Involve stakeholders
- Seek broad-based public involvement
- Achieve consensus on purpose and need
- Address alternatives and all travel modes
- Consider a safe facility for users and community
- Maintain environmental harmony
- Address community and social issues
- Address aesthetic treatments and enhancements
- Consider designing roads to meet a target, or desired travel speed, rather than a ‘design speed,’ or essentially the maximum speed that can be maintained by the design features of the roadway.iFederal Highway Administration. Speed Concepts: Informational Guide. September 2009. Consider retrofitting roads to achieve those target speeds