Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

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August 2018 59 City Streets Heavily peopled areas, such as downtown city streets, may be redesigned with pedestrians and bicyclists in mind rather than autonomous cars, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). The organization advises street designers to be people-focused when planning streets around the idea of driverless cars, stating that "The future street is a place for people," in its 2017 Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism. The guide highlights a few items to keep in mind when designing a downtown street in the age of self-driving cars. First, NACTO advises street designers to focus on creating safe and short crossings for pedestrians. With smaller lanes, lighter traffic and self-stopping cars that can sense when a pedestrian is in the road, crossing the street would be made safer and could be made simpler by eliminating curbs and lowering sidewalks to be flush with the streets. Another aspect of streetscape design that would shift with the increase of autonomous vehicles is parking. According to, driverless cars can park themselves, meaning that they can drop off passengers at downtown locations and guide themselves to the nearest parking lots or structures. "The future street is a place for people"

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