Coastal Smart Growth Home: Getting Started: Street Standards
Street standards are community guidelines for preparing plans, specifications, and estimates for street projects. Grid design standards help to ensure the safe and efficient movement of motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians by providing highly connected, usually long and straight, parallel and perpendicular, roadways with sidewalks or paths. A grid pattern provides direct travel while also providing multiple options for getting to a desired location.
How to Get Started
Walkinginfo.org’s website provides extensive information on walkability issues, including links to related topics, case studies, and resources.
A good primer by the Victoria Transport Policy Institute on creating connectivity for roads and walkways, with an emphasis on grid design. Includes background information, standards to consider for improving connectivity, benefits and costs, case examples, and other resources.
A web page created by the Washington State Department of Transportation that includes elements of a walkable community and some design standards. There are links to WSDOT street grid and other information, as well as links for case studies and other resources.
A how-to guide prepared by the Neighborhood Streets Project Stakeholders that includes background information, with a focus on narrow streets, a community process for adopting standards, and a check list for decision making.