Designing Streets for People: An Inquiry into the Design, Management and Improvement of Streets

The quality of our streets affects the way people feel about a place. It may be where they live, shop, work, relax or are entertained. Streets vary in scale, function and purpose, each with a unique history. Streets are an essential building block to civilized living and as such should reflect the needs of the citizens who use them. Over the latter half of the 20th century the design and management of the street has increasingly been dominated by the needs and demands of motorized transportation. To meet the national objective of an urban renaissance, the design and management of our streets should take account of people, not just vehicles and be considered in a holistic way. An Urban Design Alliance working party was established to review how streets can be “designed for people”. Work began with a survey of local authorities, followed by evidence provided by those involved in this field, both practitioners and academics. Its objective was to develop pragmatic actions that, taken together over the next 25 years, would achieve a real step change in the quality of the urban realm to encourage urban living and improve the quality of life. The evidence taken was extensive and can be found in summary form on the ICE website at This report concentrates on the key findings of the review. These range from actions which can take place today which will make an immediate difference; new tools which will enable professionals to negotiate the mass of organizations, and demands which impinge on the design and management of our streets; to legislative changes which should be considered over the period between now and 2025, when a new vision for streets is to be achieved.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 43p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01010676
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 11 2005 4:01PM