Designing for All Users

Increased attention is being paid to the need for transportation professionals to better accommodate the needs of all roadway users in the planning and design of transportation systems. To stimulate discussion and raise awareness of this issue, “Designing for All Users,” has been identified as a Mega Issue and special focus area for the consideration of the International Board of Direction (IBOD). The outcome of this effort is intended to help set the course for ITE’s future role in addressing this issue. This paper discusses the emergence of this issue, outlines the challenges it presents to the transportation professional and identifies ITE’s potential role in helping meet these needs. For additional background information, a supplementary appendix is provided to detail related ITE resources and initiatives. “Designing for all users,” as defined for the purpose of this paper, is a “catch all” phrase that incorporates many important principles related to transportation design that meets community needs. These qualities include: Safe and efficient travel on all modes of transportation for individuals of all ages and abilities; Access and mobility on all modes of transportation for individuals of all ages and abilities; Quality transportation systems that enhance communities by complementing neighborhood character and qualities; Street systems that offer a variety of modal choices and security to all travelers. One might ask, "Who are the users?" Transportation professionals must be concerned with designing roadway systems that not only accommodate automobiles, but also—pedestrians and bicyclists, freight, buses, rail, emergency and maintenance services—and travelers of all ages and abilities or disabilities.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: ITE Mega Issue White Paper - Draft White Paper
  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 12 2007 3:45PM