CNU 18 offers cutting-edge street design ideas
Cutting-edge research proves street design matters where effective emergency response is concerned, and suburban sprawl patterns harm response times. But don’t take it just from us; get it straight from one of the co-authors of a study published in the November 2009 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that definitively links suburban sprawl development to longer emergency response times.
Dr. Matthew Trowbridge joins Marcy McInelly, Eric Dumbaugh, Andrew Mortensen, and Sara Zimmerman to discuss Building Safer Streets for Healthier Neighborhoods – one of the many Initiative Workshops at CNU 18 New Urbanism: Rx For Healthy Places, May 19-22, in Atlanta.
From 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, May 19, learn how New Urbanism can be used to provide a broader, more comprehensive approach to health and life safety, and the latest news from CNU’s Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative, which has engaged fire marshals and new urbanists to find common solutions that provide great streets.
Led by McInelly, an associate principal with SERA; Dumbaugh, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University; Mortensen, a senior transportation planner with Transpo Group; and Zimmerman, an attorney with Public Health Law & Policy, you will see how safety, liability, and emergency response are often barriers to the implementation of successful livable streets. You will examine the specific concerns that engineers, lawyers, and fire officials have with livable streets, and discuss how to overcome them.
Street design gets a major makeover, too, with the new CNU/ITE Recommended Practice, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach. CNU 18 has this covered, too. Among the advanced New Urbanism 202 courses is You Can Have it All – great places and practical thoroughfares – with the CNU/ITE Manual, featuring Lucy Gibson, principal at Smart Mobility, Inc.; Philip Erickson, president of Community Design + Architecture; Paul Moore and Troy Russ, principals at AECOM Design + Planning; and Ed Schock, mayor of Elgin, Ill., which is the first city to begin putting its words into deeds.
From 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20, they will pore over the new guidebook on how to design "big" streets that balance among the sometimes-competing modes and uses of a public street, and how skepticism on the parts of both public and agencies that this is even possible can be a barrier to achieving the manual’s goals. Learn practical tips and see case studies for how to convince the "traveling public" and agencies that we can design streets that are both great places and serviceable for traffic.
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