We ran a very well attended, lively, and thorough session on Manual for Streets 1&2 for planning and highways officers. As always, the principles set out in the two documents sparked intense debate.
Manual for Streets , published in 2007, emphasises that streets should be places in which people want to live and spend time in, and are not just transport corridors. In particular, it aims to reduce the impact of vehicles on residential streets by asking practitioners to plan street design intelligently and proactively, and gives a high priority to the needs of pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport.
Manual for Streets 2 was published in 2010 and builds on the philosophies set out in Manual for Streets and demonstrates through guidance and case studies how they can be extended beyond residential streets to encompass both urban and rural situations. It fills the perceived gap in design advice that lies between Manual for Streets and the design standards for trunk roads as set out in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. It is designed to everyone involved in the planning, construction and improvement of our streets to deliver more contextually sensitive designs. You can download them both here.