The cross-section, a sharing tool for urban roads - traduction de l'ouvrage Profil en travers

The cross-section, a sharing tool for urban roads - traduction de l'ouvrage Profil en travers

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Date de publication: Mar 29, 2012
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Urban roads are characterised by the multiple functions they fulfil: they carry vehicular traffic, provide
car parking, accommodate pedestrian traffic, and enable us to access shops, amenities and housing.
And yet the car has progressively taken over more and more of the available road space, at the expense
of other road users. Today, in response to social and environmental demands, public policy seeks to give
priority to other forms of travel, such as cycling, walking and public transport, by controlling car use more
effectively.
How should streets be organised in order to accommodate all these uses? How can different transport
modes and the various needs of residents and other users be reconciled? How should the available space
be shared out? Of course, there is no single answer to these questions: each individual street must be
considered on its merits and according to the importance of its different functions.
With this in mind, this work provides road designers with techniques and tools to help them successfully
ration urban road space while maintaining a "unifying" approach. In this guide, the reader will find all the
recommendations necessary to create variable cross-sections and their constituent elements: footpaths,
carriageways, dedicated spaces for cyclists and public transport, separators, and vegetation.