Design influences driver behaviour

Design influences driver behaviourCABE is focusing more than ever before on the role of good street design in helping to deliver successful places and are making a series of reports and resources available over the summer that shine the light on a range of issues from the process of delivering successful streets, to the economic benefits of well designed streets, to the effect that current obsession with risk has on the quality of our public spaces. A renaissance in street design is underway- placing quality and enjoyment at the heart of these critical public spaces. One important forerunner of this renaissance is Manual for Streets published by the Departments for transport, and communities and local government in March. The manual recognises that streets, by definition, are multifunctional spaces and should be designed accordingly. It acknowledges that streets have a significant role to play in the developing and reinforcing successful placemaking. Significantly it recognises that driver behaviour is influenced as much by the design of the place in three dimensions as by the signs, lines, and geometries of the plan. While the manual has been written for residential and lightly trafficked streets, it clearly states that there is no reason why its principles should not be applied to high streets, secondary retail streets and streets connecting residential areas. Sarah Gaventa, Director of CABE Space, will be speaking at the EHTF conference. Her presentation will launch This way to better streets, which distils the key principles of successful streets from 10 case studies. Sarah will also present Paved with gold new research which shows a direct link between street quality and property prices. Louise Duggan CABE Space