Communities across the country are using Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach tohelp restore the social and economic functions of the street. Planners, engineers, and advocates are collaborating to use the manual to transform urban street design, increasing walkability and improve communities. Read about some of the many success stories!

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El Paso, Texas

The City of El Paso, Texas has passed a resolution to adopt the manual as required practice for the “use in the design and construction on new roadways and redesign and reconstruction of existing roadways." Over 200 city professionals have passed the CNU Accreditation exam. Click here to read more about Plan El Paso.

Twinsburg, Ohio

In an effort to make their town center more walkable and economically viable, the City of Twinsburg, Ohio chose to update their comprehensive plan. The City looked to Designing Walkable thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach to help with the planning and design. Twinsburg held a workshop on the manual and has taken steps towards a new walkable vision for the town’s center. Specifically, the City wants to eliminate unnecessary right turn lanes and set a lower target speed through the city center. To read more about Twinsburg training, click here.

Blue Spring, Missouri

Blue Springs, Missouri used the manual as a way to promote walking and biking in their community, and transform a vital highway intersection into a commercial and social destination. Over the years, the intersection of State Route 7 and U.S. Route 40 has changed from a vehicular thoroughfare into a roadway with commercial establishments, but the roadway design promotes speed and is uninviting to pedestrians and cyclists. Leaders and advocates in Blue Springs used the manual to establish a plan for improving the intersection and other roadways in the area. A year later, Blue Springs has added bike lanes along the length of Route 7 and they are moving forward with additional improvements according to the comprehensive plan. Click here to learn more about Blue Springs.

Elgin, Illinois

CNU and ITE held its first workshop on the manual in Elgin, Illinois to make the vision of a walkable and sustainable Elgin a reality. The city’s goals included enhancing connectivity and increasing economic value through smarter street design. They wanted neighborhoods in their city to be destinations, not just zones that cars drove through. Click here to read more about Elgin.

Chicago, Illinois

In February 2013, CNU hosted training events for transportation professionals and public officials throughout the Chicago, Illinois area. The training offered an opportunity for participants to learn how the manual can be applied to build vibrant walkalbe communities in conjunction with the region’s GO TO 2040 plan. Working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the workshop introduced participants to a common language that will allow planners and engineers to continue to work together in promoting context sensitive solutions for great street design throughout the region. Click here to learn more about the Illinois training.