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NYC Releases New Street Design Manual

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/24/2013 2:54:58 PM
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Re: Street Design Manual
I agree that the level of detail here is really impressive. There's so much we can do differently by analyzing data and details on that level. I appreciate the DOT's document because, unlike many documents that come out of local governments, it has specific information and specific details on how to get certain things done most effectively (and how not to). The NYC DOT is results-oriented, and we're reaping the benefits.

PostSandy
PostSandy  
10/24/2013 1:41:08 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Street Design Manual
I feel positive after glancing through the full version. The greenery effort is really impressive, especially they take into the account of salt and wind. Where I live, in downtown NYC, is always windy. In the worse days during winter, the wind gust makes walking around dangerous for children and elders. A few big trees fell down this past winter. 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/23/2013 9:20:17 AM
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Re: Street Design Manual
Totally agree with you, Flanagan. I think that another thing that has helped the DOT put together a document like this with specific data on what works/what doesn't/where/etc., is that they've conducted some of our street changes as pilot projects first. I think going in that direction allows both the city to get used to something and learn to interact with it before it's permanent; and it helps the department to learn, and then cite the kinds of specific detail you see here.

Flanagan55
Flanagan55  
10/23/2013 8:55:41 AM
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Re: Street Design Manual
This is a great document for NYC and hopefully something that sets precedent. Just like traffic engineering, transit planning etc, all-encompassing standards for streets are needed. Not that streets have to be designed in some dictatorial enforcement of life, but a loose structure is good in my opinion. Some streets in cities like Albany, NY where I attended school have haphazardly designed streets that for a pedestrian/cyclist/automobile sharing space were just dangerous.

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
10/22/2013 1:48:07 PM
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Re: Street Design Manual
That's hilarious. I think you speak for a lot of us. :)

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/22/2013 1:40:06 PM
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Re: Street Design Manual
Yes, please do tweet this to Mayor Gray!

Commissioner Sadik-Khan often refers to the fact that she works for a "data-driven mayor" -- hence her team's efforts to have hard numbers to back up pretty much everything they do. Between Bloomberg's data obsession, and Sadik-Khan's awareness and leadership on what makes streets livable, it makes sense for NYC to be able to put together such a comprehensive document.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/22/2013 1:36:56 PM
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Re: Street Design Manual
I know, right? I'm admittedly a bit obsessed with the tree chart. 

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
10/22/2013 10:00:59 AM
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Re: Street Design Manual
It's awesome to see all this stuff codified in this manner, Nicole. Such specific details about "distance of bike rack from curb," etc. made me think about intersections here in DC that I unconsciously avoid when I am out walking with my son because I deem them unsafe - but would not think twice about when I am alone. A way to quantify safety is a really compelling idea - and these measurements to optimize car traffic, ped traffic, and the like seem to push us closer to way to do that.

I'm going to tweet this article to Mayor Gray! 

hfreeman17
hfreeman17  
10/21/2013 5:25:14 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Street Design Manual
Really impressed with this manual.  Wow: tree choices down to height, spread, and light tolerance factors.  Love it.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/21/2013 4:38:17 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Street Design Manual
Indeed, but also remember that the Commissioner told us that NACTO is releasing its own Street Design Guide, which will be applicable to cities US-wide. Hopefully that, too, will help force some change.

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