In recent years, new urbanists and firefighters have discovered both common interests and shared challenges in neighborhood street design.
The Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative, a collaboration between the Congress for the New Urbanism, fire marshals from across the United States, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Smart Growth program, is working to reconcile narrower streets and good emergency access. Street connectivity — specifically well-connected networks of traditional street grids — is essential to good urbanism, shortens emergency response times, and improves overall community life safety.
Registration for CNU 21: Living Community is now OPEN. Take advantage of our Early Bird rates by signing up before April 24th, 2013.
CNU 21 Living Community will be held in gorgeous downtown Salt Lake City , May 29 - June 1, 2013. Living Community balances the demands of physical, social, economic, and environmental values by connecting people to place and awakening in us a stewardship for our land and each other.
Stewardship is tangible. It is measured by how well we care for the people around us, the places we make and the land that hosts us. This year’s Congress will delve into these issues, contemplate the role of cities within nature and place within cities.
Join Plenary Speakers Richard Louv, Sarah Susanka, Chuck Marohn, Andres Duany, and many, many more at CNU 21. Register today!
Were you unable to attend the 2012 CNU Transportation Summit?
Listen in on Jeffrey Tumlin, urbanist and transportation planner from Nelson\Nygaard, and John Horsley, Executive Director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, in this discussion from 2012 CNU Transportation Summit. Be sure to check out the videos from the Q&A Session that happened after the discussion.
The summit will have a unique format, wherein groups will work together to confront the limitations of the Functional Classification System and strategize to implement new urbanist street design techniques that go “Beyond Mobility.”Over the day-and-a-half meeting, these working groups will collaborate to define the barriers of implementation, discuss methods of reform and lay out an immediate work plan for the next year. Working groups will include: Transit Networks, Highway to Boulevards, Transportation Modeling Reform, Regional Policy and Alternatives to Functional Classification Reform, Transportation Reform Research Agenda, Street Vitality Index and Bikeway Networks.
And as the summit will immediately precede the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike conference, it will focus on the exchange of ideas between New Urbanists and bike and pedestrian planners.
CNU Report on Emergency Response & Street Design, 2009
CNU, fire marshals, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are working together to create connected networks of traditional streets that work equally well for pedestrians, traffic, and emergency response access. Learn how these streets save lives, improve emergency response times, and reduce vehicle miles traveled with this report, which summarizes Peter Swift’s study identifying street width as a determining factor in the frequency of collisions, the Local Government Commission’s case studies of developments in Hercules, Calif, Memphis, Tenn., and Seattle, Wash. (under a previous EPA grant to study this topic), the City of Charlotte, N.C.’s 2008 connectivity study, and myriad others cataloged by the Initiative team.