Minimize the Impact of Vehicles on the Public Realm
Public realm design should focus on people rather than cars and vehicular access. Projects should strive to keep conflicts between motorists and people walking and biking to a minimum, and support active and inviting streets by reducing the visual impact service areas, parking, and vehicular access.
a. Encourage non-polluting transportation options, such as shared vehicle access and parking in multiple ownership circumstances.
b. Minimize the size and number of curb cuts and locate curb cuts away from active pedestrian areas wherever possible.
c. Screen service uses and parking when near public space using ground floor uses and/or landscaping.
d. Reduce conflicts between pedestrians and motorists through design elements such as planters, paving patterns, or lighting.
e. Create clearly defined pedestrian paths through parking areas with sidewalks or other dedicated facilities.