Handbook | 2017

ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares

  • Published by:  Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) , Congress for the New Urbanism

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach

An ITE Recommended Practice

Objectives of this Report

The objectives of this report are to

  1. Identify how CSS principles can be applied in the processes (for example, network, corridor, project development) involved with planning and developing roadway improvement projects on urban thoroughfares for walkable communities;
  2. Describe the relationship, compatibility and trade-offs that may be appropriate when balancing the needs of all users, adjoining land uses, environment and community interests when making decisions in the project development process;
  3. Describe the principles of CSS and the benefits and importance of these principles in transportation projects;
  4. Present guidance on how to identify and select appropriate thoroughfare types and corresponding design parameters to best meet the walkability needs in a particular context; and
  5. Provide criteria for specific thoroughfare elements, along with guidance on balancing stakeholder, community and environmental needs and constraints in planning and designing walkable urban thoroughfare projects.  
Corridor Plans, Land Development
CSS, Context Sensitive Design, Context Sensitive Solution, Walk, pedestrian