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Designing Cities Initiative

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Designing Cities is an initiative of the National Association of City Transportation Officials to improve street design in urban environments. This program includes NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide, a blueprint for designing 21st century streets, as well as the Designing Cities conference series, local training and workshops.

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Designing Cities Initiative

Urban Street Design Guide

Streets comprise more than 80% of public space in cities, but they often fail to provide their surrounding communities with a space where people can safely walk, bicycle, drive, take transit, and socialize. Cities are leading the movement to redesign and...

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Designing Cities Initiative

Designing Cities Conference: Austin 2015

The Designing Cities conference convenes transportation leaders and practitioners from across the country to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy. Local leaders working on the ground to revitalize city streets exchange best practices with major city...

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Designing Cities Initiative

Training and Workshops

Since the release of its Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide, NACTO has worked to bring the Guides’ content to practitioners through webinars, conference presentations, peer-to-peer learning sessions, and both day-long and multi-day on-site trainings. These NACTO design guide trainings...

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Designing Cities Initiative

Endorsement Campaign

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) unveiled a new design manual for city streets in September, 2013. A blueprint for the 21st century streetscape, the Urban Street Design Guide demonstrates how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented as...