PEDESTRIAN AREAS: NOTES ON THEIR SUCCESSES AND FAILURES

After 20 Years of experimentation around the world, pedestrianization has emerged as an effective tool in the management and control of urban traffic, the economic revitalization of downtown areas, the conservation of historic districts, the enhancement of local environmental quality, and the creation of a social setting capable of responding to various needs. A pedestrian enviroment's success or failure rests on such factors as access, mobility within the area, zoning legislation, design and construction quality, timing of the project, and involvement by local constituencies. Elements of pedestrian planning that are essential to effective realization of a pedestrian zone are discussed. They include accessibility, zoning, timing, design, construction, public participation, reduction of congestion, organization of parking, promotion of public transit, alternate modes of individual transport, improvement of the walking experience, mobility of goods, streetscene beautification, generation of streetlife, programmed events, the use of design as communication, the placement of art in public places, and the attraction of tourists. A pedestrian zone's vitality depends on its ability to accommodate changes in usage and to integrate different activity patterns.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Published in Urban Transportation Perspectives and Prospects.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Newcastle University, Australia

    Department of Community Programmes
    Newcastle, New South Wales 2308,   Australia 

    Eno Transportation Foundation

    P.O. Box 2055, Saugatuck Station
    Westport, CT  USA  06880-0055
  • Authors:
    • Brambilla, R
    • LONGO, G
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00399713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 987
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM