Designing Livable Streets
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Everyone has a stake in how our streets are designed. From the delivery truck driver, to the high school student bicycling to class, to the mother driving her kids to swim lessons, and the office worker running to catch the bus, how we get there matters.
Metro’s Designing Livable Streets project will update and develop new design guidelines and policies for our regional transportation network, including creating new design guidance for regional multi-use paths. In addition to the design guidelines and policies, additional resources to support implementation will be developed.
Metro will work with partners to organize workshops, forums, tours and other activities to highlight best practices in street design in the region and throughout the world.
The current design guideline handbooks were last updated in 2002. Since that time, many transportation policies have been updated and our understanding of livable streets has evolved through better design and research.
The project has four phases starting mid-2015 and concluding in 2018 with the adoption of updated policies in the 2018 RTP.
- Phase 1: Listening and Learning – June 2015 to March 2017 With input from partners, the project work plan and desired outcomes will be finalized in this phase of the project.
- Phase 2: Visualizing Livable Streets – April to December 2017 Working with partners and the public, the design guidelines and policies will be drafted in this phase of the project.
- Phase 3: Telling the Story – January to October 2018 Guided by partners and the public, the design guidelines, resources and related policy updates in the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan will be finalized in this phase of the project.
- Phase 4: Putting it Into Practice – 2018 and beyond Working with partners and the public, the final design guidelines will be published and updated policies adopted in the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan. Ongoing activities will support implementation of the design guidelines and policies into the future.
A technical work group will meet periodically between summer 2017 and fall 2018 to provide in-depth professional review and comments on the regional transportation design guidelines. Meetings are open to the public and information will be posted here and on Metro’s web calendar. Information on activities, such as best practices, tours, and presentations will also be posted here and on Metro’s web calendar. Questions or comments are welcome at any time. To receive notification of work group meetings and related activities, subscribe to the 2018 RTP interested parties list.