Over 1.2 million people die on global roads each year from traffic injuries. With three-quarters of the global population expected to be living in cities by 2050, cities must rethink, reimagine and redesign the most valuable real-estate space of streets to function more efficiently for the needs of more people.
Skye Duncan will present the upcoming Global Street Design Guide (link is external) and discuss opportunities for cities to be creative about the infrastructure they already have, and improve the capability of urban streets to support a healthy, livable, and sustainable future.
With input from transportation experts from 72 cities in 42 countries, this Guide is intended as a tool to inspire leaders, inform practitioners and empower communities to shift how they measure the success of streets to include goals of public health and safety, quality of life, social equity and environmental and economic sustainability.
Produced by the Global Designing Cities Initiative (link is external) (GDCI) in partnership with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) (link is external), the Global Street Design Guide is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (link is external).
It was a great talk, showing lots of examples of how streets can be redesigned and it will be interesting to see how the Global Street Guide influences change. One interesting comment from the evening was actually from Ludo Campbell-Reid who said that Auckland Transport are currently leading the creation of a street design guide. It will be interesting to see what they come up with and how it compares to some of ideas shown in the global guide or that we’ve seen in many other cities in recent years.
Did you go to the event or have you watched it, if so What were your thoughts?