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Out with the Old: How can progressive design manuals supplement or replace the traditional triumvirate?

Rewriting the Manual: How Safe Streets Will Be the Rule, Not the Exception (Streetsblog, 4/24/13)

When: 6-8PM | Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Where: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl, NYC

RSVP: Congress for the New Urbanism’s website (

Credits Pending: ASCE, AICP, CNU-A, AIA/CES

Cost: $10

This panel discussion will discuss the content and role of three progressive street design manuals in updating or replacing the previous triumvirate of the Green Book, Highway Capacity Manual, and MUTCD. The featured manuals are the National Association of City Transportation Official’s (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide, the Sam Schwartz Engineering (SSE) / America Walks (AW) Steps to a Walkable Community, and the Congress for New Urbanism (CNU)/Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares guide.

Moderator: Jon Orcutt – Policy Director, NYC Department of Transportation

Respondent Panel:

David Vega-Barachowitz – Project Manager of NACTO’s Urban Bikeway Design Guide and forthcoming Urban Street Design Guide

Laura MacNeil – Principal author of the SSE and AW’s Steps to a Walkable Community Guide

Norman Garrick – Co-chair of the CNU’s Transportation Task Force for the ITE/CNU Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares guide

The shortcomings and limitations of the old guard guides in the planning, design & engineering fields are increasingly evident in our nation’s congestion, infrastructure, and obesity crises. How can new planning theories and methodologies address or replace the shortcomings of the Green Book, HCM, and MUTCD guides?

Wine and light refreshments will be served.

Organized by: Sam Schwartz Engineering and Congress for the New Urbanism-New York Chapter

Sponsored by: Sam Schwartz Engineering