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York Region and its Great Streets

Great news coming out of York Region! York Region is introducing the Designing Great Streets initiative, which shifts the street designs in the region away from strictly automobile uses. An initiative five years in the making, this shift in design will allow the roads to adopt more active forms of transportation such as bicycling and transit.

As the region rapidly urbanizes, the former engineering standards (to fit the most number of automobiles in the most efficient fashion) used on these roads have become archaic. This rapid urbanization means that more and more people are commuting to other regions in the GTHA via bicycling and transit. Some proposals coming out of this initiative are solutions that take into account neighbourhoods and land uses to determine how much space should be allocated for each use.

C_UsersReisjDesktop_E4A2508Because of the varying modes of transportation and land uses, the Designing Great Streets approach must vary to its context. For example, if a neighbourhood is more pedestrian heavy, then the initiative must call for wider sidewalks, more street furniture, and bigger boulevards. If an area is predominantly cycling intensive, then the design solutions must call for a variety of solutions to accommodate these cyclists. This could range from painted bike lanes to cycle tracks, or off-road paths.

Transportation policy and planning head Angela Gibson, with a supporting cast of numerous design and engineering organizations and urban planners are spearheading this design initiative. Great news from York Region as it provides for various approaches to the different land uses in each neighbourhood.

To read the article: http://www.nrupublishing.com/2013/07/24/local-roads/

To find out more about how York Region is transforming their streets, click here and here.

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