CNU/ITE Manual

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares

  • From parking lot to urban tour-de-force
    <strong>UCLA Weyburn</strong>&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles, California</em>

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  • Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Jazz Market New Orleans Audience Seating
    Trumpeting a cultural revival
    <strong>Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market</strong>&nbsp; <em>New Orleans, Louisiana</em>

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  • A unique building becomes a hub for historic neighborhoods
    <strong>Ponce City Market</strong> <em>Atlanta, GA</em>

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  • Southside
    Ten acres that transformed a city #thisiscnu

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  • Expanding options for a car-oriented suburban area
    <strong>Village of Providence</strong> <em>Huntsville, AL</em>

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  • A mixed-use center for town and gown
    <strong>Storrs Center</strong> <em>Mansfield, CT</em>

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  • Historic arcade houses young professionals
    <strong>Microlofts at The Arcade Providence</strong>&nbsp;<em>Providence, Rhode Island</em>

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  • Mercado District | Tucson, Arizona
    A timeless place from the ground up. #thisiscnu

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In 2017, CNU collaborated with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on a new volume, Implementing Context-Sensitive Design on Multimodal Corridors: A Practitioner's Handbook. The work was supported by the Federal Highway Administration and Nelson/Nygaard.

The handbook includes an expanded focus on topic areas such as freight accommodations, speed management, and context-sensitive design in lower-density urban and built-up suburban environments. A number of real-world case studies are also included in the report, to demonstrate the medium- and long-term impacts of successful context-sensitive design projects. This handbook acts as a how-to document that illustrates best practices for the creation and implementation of walkable mixed-use streets.

The book is a valuable tool for transportation planners, public works departments, city leaders, and community members in designing better streets, mitigating traffic, spurring economic growth, and acting on public health concerns. The guide illustrates how transportation guidelines can be applied to roadway improvement projects to make them more compatible with community objectives and context in urban areas.

This volume builds on the success of the 2010 guidebook by ITE in partnership with CNU, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context-Sensitive Approach. Since 2010, engineers and planners in state and local agencies have already used Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares in transportation and land-use planning.

Urban context zones. Source: Community Design + Architecture.

State agencies in Texas and Rhode Island have officially adopted the book and numerous municipalities have adopted it, or included its recommendations, into Complete Streets policies and transportation plans. 

You can purchase the new, enhanced 2017 handbook from the ITE website.