Debate: The Design of “Complete Streets”


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A new book articulates a debate in the ‘complete streets’ movement – particularly relevant to Vancouver as the redesign of Cornwall/Point Grey Road progresses.

Philip Langdon, in Better! Cities & Towns, reviews Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns here.

The intent  … is to ensure that people of all sorts—including motorists, transit users, cyclists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities—are properly served by the country’s streets and roads. Massengale and Dover praise this as a policy goal, and applaud the fact that hundreds of municipalities have adopted Complete Street regulations.

But too often, according to the authors, the built result is a “formulaic, seemingly ubiquitous use of yellow pedestrian crossings, red bus lanes, green bicycle tracks, ugly bumpouts, and uglier white plastic sticks.”

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… some of the streets that have been outfitted with dedicated bike lanes look harsh and cluttered. The highway-scale markings on many redesigned…

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