Transportation Summit 2013 Working Groups

Working Groups

Transit Networks

The goal is to partner with APTA (American Public Transportation Association) to develop street and network guidance for transit agencies. This guidance will help transit agencies to better understand New Urbanism and will help New Urbanists to better understand the parameters of transit agencies. The group will present and take comments on introductory text and a framework/outline for the transit networks project. This outline is based on input from the last several years, collected from APTA Urban Design Standards Working Group meetings, CNU Transportation Summits, and Congress Open Source and Task Force Lunch meetings. The outline will include a series of broad goals shared among urbanists, transit agencies, and other community stakeholders; and tools/principles to address the goals. The group will discuss concepts for the format of the document. The group will also use the CTA Red Line Extension as an example of testing the tools/principles on the ground.

Transportation Reform Modeling

Reform transportation modeling so that it correctly supports the advancement of New Urbanism rather than obstructing—efforts to advance New Urbanism have often been frustrated by transportation modeling that is simplistic and focused only on cars. More complete transportation modeling that properly accounts for multi-modal travel patterns in walkable mixed-use areas can switch transportation modeling from being an obstacle to being a tool for advancing New Urbanism.

Street Vitality Index

CNU's proposed Street Vitality Index seeks to measure and rate the vibrancy of streets and neighborhoods. The SVI working group will help to define the initiative by discussing in-depth the final product, user and metrics.

Street Design Group

The initial meeting of the newly combined Street Design Group at the 2013 Transportation Summit seeks to accomplish the following:

  • Initial discussion re: context understanding, place, lanes, speed, parking, etc.
  • Groundwork for national implementation of CNU/ITE recommended practice Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares
  • Establish policies - complete streets/context sensitive design at all practice levels 
  • Discussion of the NEXT Version, CNU/ITE Recommended Practice 
  • Continue updating the Functional Classification system Area Types  
  • Other reforms and an outline for achieving successful urban street design

Issues up for discussion at the 2013 Transportation Summit could identify ‘best practices’ and implementation obstacles at DOTs, MPOs and Local agencies and what is needed for increased agency adoption/implementation. We could define and clarify ‘trade-off’ decision making in design, traffic operations, adaptive signal control, tactile urbanism and safety.

The mission for this working group would be an outline for achieving successful urban street design and potential update elements for a revised CNU/ITE Recommended Practice Manual.

Bikeway Networks

The bikeway network group will focus on establishing common ground between the new urbanist and bicycle planning professions. In 2013, this working group put together a variety of bikeway networks from around the world to demonstrate the correlation between network density /physical separation and mode share/gender splits. The interactive agenda will include an overview of current best bikeway planning practice; the identification of bikeway network planning challenges and opportunities across the rural to urban transect; strategic group problem solving; and the ultimate creation of bikeway network design principles consistent with CNU's Sustainable Street Network Principles.