People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Designing Streets for People

Ariel view of an intersection

According to the United Nations, for the first time ever, the majority of the world’s population lives in a city. If this is the case, cities must do their part to improve the path of their growing number of pedestrians.

Recently in GOOD, a social network for people working towards collective and social progress,  posted about an interesting project in San Francisco where they were challenged to design streets for people. The photo is a rendering of their idea in which curbs are widened at cross walks to raise the prominence of pedestrians for cars. The extended curb would also double as a location for benches and planters.

Read more about this project in her post Designing Streets for People, Not Just Cars.

On a related note, we recently noticed that the NYC Department of Transportation started WalkNYC, a standard for pedestrian way-finding. If you’re in the NYC area, you have already noticed these signs/maps in a few neighborhoods.



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