Brief – 7 September 2010 – Parsons Brinckerhoff has released it’s Complete Streets guide, demonstrating sustainable solutions for designers, developers and local governments to be innovative in the creation of street designs.
PB placemaking principle Steven Burgess says that Complete Streets, which was developed on behalf of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Queensland, provides principles and solutions hat allow the design of quality people-oriented spaces.
“We included a number of different initiatives in these guidelines. Among them is the idea of car-free streets, for both retail designed streets and living areas. This allows a highly pedestrian friendly environment,” said Mr Burgess.
“For example, Complete Streets discourages left turn slip lanes in streets to enable more pedestrian and cyclist friendly areas. This is one way to make the ‘street’ not simply a conduit for cars. This reinforces that streets are community areas with social and recreational functions,” he said.
Copies of Complete Streets can be ordered from www.engicom.com.au.