CNU/ITE Manual

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach was created through a partnership between the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE). This manual acts as a how-to document that illustrates best practices for the creation and implementation of walkable, mixed-use streets.

Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach has become a tool that transportation planners, public works departments, city leaders, and community members are using to design better streets, mitigate traffic, spur economic growth and act on public health concerns. It illustrates how transportation guidelines can be applied to roadway improvement projects to make them more compatible with community objectives and context in urban areas.

Since 2010, engineers and planners in state and local agencies have used the Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual in transportation and land-use planning.

Urban context zones. Source: Community Design + Architecture.

State agencies in Texas and Rhode Island have officially adopted the manual and numerous municipalities have adopted the manual, or included its recommendations, into Complete Streets policies and transportation plans. Learn how your municipality can adopt the manual at Road to Adoption.

You can purchase the manual from the ITE website. It is also available for download.