In both scale and opportunity, streets are our greatest public space. When designed to support safe travel and interactions, they open up a city: people travel along streets to access work, recreation, family, and friends, and gather along them to foster the opportunities and connections that are the great promise of urban life.
With the release of its Urban Street Design Guide, NACTO set a new standard for city streets in North America and across the world. This publication—developed for cities, by cities—is a standard-bearer for the movement to (re)build streets as places for people. NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide / Public Space peer network convenes professionals across the city transportation field to continue to develop, test, and refine street designs that embody this ideal. This group meetings regularly, whether online or in-person, to exchange ideas, share experiences, and discuss the challenges and opportunities of rethinking how streets look and operate. NACTO facilitates these conversations between members, providing forums and guidance to support practitioners as they push the needle on the next generation of urban street design.