URBAN PLAY STREETS: CREATING AND OPERATING PART-TIME TRAFFIC-FREE ZONES

The concept of an urban play street is a residential street that is closed to vehicular traffic during specified hours to permit a supervised program of recreational activities to take place. Play streets are usually located in densely populated lower income urban areas. The potential for using "traffic-free zones" to solve the lack of urban recreational areas is significant only if effective coordination and cooperation is achieved. Traffic engineering departments must work together with the department of social services, law enforcement, planning and recreation and with the city manager, community organizations, and the residents in order to identify what the community wants and needs and how to meet these requirements in a safe, efficient, economical manner. It is concluded that the use of traffic-free zones merits consideration as a workable solution to some of the social, recreational, educational, and safety problems that exist in cities today.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 46-48
  • Monograph Title: Vehicle operators and pedestrians
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00156058
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309025788
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Oct 13 2000 12:00AM