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Designing Cities Initiative

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Designing Cities is a NACTO initiative to improve street design in urban environments.

Highlights include NACTO’s design guides, the annual Designing Cities conference, local training and workshops, and Practitioners’ Papers.

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Designing Cities Initiative

Better Boarding, Better Buses: Streamlining Boarding & Fares

Transit agencies are moving more people in less time, by implementing all-door bus boarding and off-board bus fare payment, on busy lines and system-wide. The time it takes for a bus to stop...

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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 2017: Chicago

Join us October 30 - November 2 in Chicago for NACTO's Designing Cities conference, convening transportation leaders and practitioners from across the country and world to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy....

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Training and Workshops

The NACTO Design Guide Training Program brings together leaders in street design for intensive hands-on workshops. Interested in bringing a training or workshop to your city? Read the Training Program Handbook for Cities, and apply to host...

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All Designing Cities Initiative Events

The Atlantic Planning Institute—Newfoundland and Labrador Branch, held a training on the Urban Street Design guide, led by NACTO Certified Trainer Jim Gough.

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NACTO, the City of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will host a workshop based on the NACTO Urban Street Design and Urban Bikeway Design Guides. Participants will learn about the Guides and apply their lessons in a workshop. This design charrette format will incorporate classroom and field activities, and provide a forum for dialogue and […]

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NACTO and the Georgia Department of Transportation will host a workshop based on the NACTO Urban Street Design and Urban Bikeway Design Guides. Participants will learn about the Guides and apply their lessons in hands-on design exercises. This event will provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between engineers, planners, and other professionals. Learning objectives: Apply principles of the […]

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In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. But most of these trips are on streets that were designed to move private cars, with transit as an afterthought. On April 27, join Matthew Roe, Director of NACTO’s Designing Cities Initiative for a discussion about how NACTO’s new Transit Street Design Guide can help streets of every size be redesigned to create great transit streets, supporting strong neighborhoods and downtowns.

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NACTO and the City of Phoenix, in partnership with Valley Metro, are pleased to offer this full day workshop focusing on innovative street and bikeway design, including modules from NACTO’s forthcoming Transit Street Design Guide. Staff will come together to envision transformation of their city streets, covering topics including: Urban street design principles Transit-supportive treatments and strategies […]

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From Berwick to Sydney communities across Nova Scotia are asking how to create vibrant main street districts that balance the needs of all road users. The National Association of City Transportation Officials will be in Halifax on June 12th to teach engineers, planners, and landscape architects how to design our streets to encourage active transportation […]

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The nation’s foremost design training for urban streets is coming to Memphis, TN. A workshop based on the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide will be convened by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in conjunction with the National Association of City
Transportation Officials (NACTO), with support from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration.

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NACTO, the City of Denver, and DRCOG will host a workshop based on the NACTO Urban Street Design and Urban Bikeway Design Guides. Participants will learn about the Guides and apply their lessons in a workshop. This design charrette format will incorporate classroom and field activities, and provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between […]

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This training will be a combination of presentations and a charrette to allow attendees to apply some of the concepts in the Urban Street Design Guide to redesign an intersection in downtown Portland.

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Santa Clara County-San Jose Street Design Workshop

San José and cities across Santa Clara County face a challenge familiar to many U.S. cities: becoming more equitable, sustainable and safer places to live, work, and play, while connecting a growing population to jobs, neighborhoods, and businesses. Prioritizing spatially efficient modes – transit, biking, and walking – is critical for these cities. Yet the street network inherited from earlier waves of growth […]

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The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) in conjunction with National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and with support from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration, will host a workshop based on the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. Participants will analyze a corridor with a critical intersection in Washington, DC, evaluating its potential as a […]

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The face of city streets is changing rapidly. The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide is setting a new tone for the American street, starting with local-level innovation and expertise. At this session during the Pro Walk Pro Bike Pro Place conference, learn from practitioners about how they are working to transform their streets and their […]

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How can you adopt (or create) a street design manual for your community that helps create beautiful, safe and delightful streets? And is a better manual really the answer to your city’s street design problems?

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The San Mateo County Health System and Grand Boulevard Initiative have organized three trainings to introduce city and regional leaders and practitioners to emerging engineering guidelines that enable sustainable street designs that maximize the opportunity for safe, walkable and bikeable communities.

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Take a page from the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ new Urban Street Design Guide and explore the cutting-edge techniques being used in two very different urban environments — Atlanta and New York.

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Urban Street Design Guide Release Event

Based on the groundbreaking work and collaboration of cities across the nation, the Urban Street Design Guide harnesses the innovation and expertise of our nations’ foremost engineers, planners, and designers working in the public realm today.

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