The street illustrated below depicts a 46-foot roadway within a 86-foot right-of-way.
Undifferentiated street space and wide travel lanes can result in higher speeds and are an ineffective use of valuable street space.
In 2010, 1st Avenue in New York City was redesigned with a 1-way cycle track, Select Bus Service, and pedestrian safety islands. The redesign not only carved out room for bicyclists, but shortened long, unsafe crossings for pedestrians. The avenue has since become a model for the successful transformation of the city’s major avenues.
Adapted from the Urban Street Design Guide, published by Island Press.