Street Rights and Livability: Ethical Frameworks to Guide Planning, Design, and Engineering

Recently, there has been a renewed interest in a pedestrian “Bill of Rights” to guide the engineering, planning and design of streets and cities. Drawing broadly from the literature and from an examination of a comprehensive collection of these rights, this article works toward establishing a comprehensive ethical framework that can be used to guide planning, design and engineering decisions to support these pedestrian rights for street and urban livability. To identify these ethical principles and help achieve optimal livability for individuals, groups and society, we: 1) comprehensively examine the literature to clarify the various concepts of street livability and human rights to the street (as related to a collection of various pedestrian rights statements); 2) propose a set of ethical principles and needs; and 3) provide a roadmap for planners, urban designers, and engineers to address these needs in practice. Based on this and building on business practice literature on Functional Area Ethics, relevant functional areas are identified to help professionals act in support of these Pedestrian Rights for all.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee ANF10 Standing Committee on Pedestrians.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Appleyard, Bruce
    • Levinson, David
    • Riggs, William
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01698201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-03097
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:48AM