VIEWPOINT: Accelerating reform to govern streets in support of human-scaled accessibility

Meredith Glaser, Kevin J. Krizek, David A. King

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A longstanding mantra is that city governments lack capacities for agile, nimble change; such lack of capacity is starkly realized in how streets are governed. Exhaustive layers of codes, regulations and guidelines support a single objective: moving automobiles. The networks of streets themselves, together with the legislative and institutional networks that guide their character, are in dire need of being modernized. This viewpoint recounts a current perspective of city street governance, formulated by antiquated legislation and procedures; it points to an automobile-dominated regime that restricts innovation. We propose and describe three principles to support innovation and accelerate transformation in how streets are managed: (1) a focus on accessibility, (2) the power of local government, and (3) reflexive learning that draws on strategic experiments with city streets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100199
JournalTransportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Accessibility
  • City streets
  • Governance
  • Learning
  • Strategic capacity
  • Transition experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Transportation
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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