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Walkable Communities offers a variety of publications available for download.  If you have any problems downloading, please contact Walkable@aol.com.   Please be sure to include in your email message the file you were attempting to download and which web browser you use.  Thanks!

Listserve: Anyone interested in signing up for a moderated "Walkable Communities" listserve please contact Lys Burden or visit Topica.com.   This listserve will communicate ideas and information that we feel relevant to walkable and liveable issues.  Being a moderated listserve, please only expect one to two emails a week.

Photos: The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has teamed with Walkable Communities, Inc. and the Institute of Transportation Engineers Pedestrian and Bicycle Council to bring you the Image Library, a searchable collection of over 2,500 categorized images.

Posters: Most roadways are designed to produce a specific Level of Service (LOS), and the typical LOS standard measures only how fast and free-flowing motor vehicles can move. These new Level of Quality (LOQ) Guidelines, developed by Dan Burden of Walkable Communities, are meant to show graphically why some streets work better than others for access, safety and mobility of all modes.

The sheets developed to date measure walking, bicycling, traffic calming, transit access, crossings, and links, with others under development. In the tradition of "one picture is worth a thousand words, we have simply shown a range of streets or installations - from "Exemplary" to "Hall of Shame" and encourage you to make the comparison yourselves.


Publications: Some of our publications are only available in PDF format.  In order to view these files you will need to have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available for free from Adobe.  Please download this program in order to view some of our publications and manuals. 

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Discussions/Articles from the Internet

Recommended Readings: Below are some recommended readings grouped into three categories, Traditional Neighborhood Design, Traffic Calming and general Walkability issues.

Walkable Communities Bibliography:

  • Alexander, Christopher.  A Pattern Language.  New York Oxford University Press.  1977.
  • Alexander, Christopher.  The Timeless Way of Building.  New York Oxford University Press.  1979.
  • Appleyard, Donald.  Livable Streets.  University of California Press.  1981.
  • Calthorpe, Peter.  The Next American Metropolis.  Princeton Architectural Press.  1993.
  • Engwicht, David.  Reclaiming Our Towns and Villages.  1994.
  • Hiss, Tony.  The Expreience of Place.  The Vintage Books Edition.  1991.
  • Jacobs, Allan.  Great Streets.  MIT Press.  1993.
  • Jacobs, Jane.  The Death and Life of Great American Cities.  Vintage Book.  1961.
  • Johnson, Spencer.  Who Moved My Cheese?  G.P. Putnam's Sons.   1998
  • Kunstler, James Howard.  Geography of Nowhere.  Simon & Schuster.  1993. Kunstler, James Howard.  Home from Nowhere.  Simon & Schuster.  1996.
  • Loeb, Paul Rogat.  Soul of a Citizen - Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time.  St. Martin's Press.  1999.
  • Putnam, Robert.  Bowling Alone - The Collapse and Revival of American Community.  Simon & Schuster.  2000
  • Whyte, William.  The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.  Doubleday.

Technical Writings:

  • A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets.  AASHTO.  444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 249, Washington, DC  20001.
  • Ewing, Reid.  Best Development Practices.  Florida Department of Community Affairs. 1995.
  • Guidelines for Residential Subdivision Street Design.  Institute of Transportation Engineers.  1993.  525 School Street SW, Suite 410, Washington DC  20024-2792.
  • Livable Neighborhoods:  Rethinking Residential Streets.  American Public Works Association.  1996.
  • Making Streets That Work.  City of Seattle Engineering Department.  1996.  600 Fourth Avenue, 12th Floor, Seattle  WA, 98104-1873.
  • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  Superintendent of Documents.  Us Government Printing Office, Washington DC  20402.
  • Neighborhood Traffic Management Program.  Collier County Transportation Services Department.  1995.  3301 East Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL  33962.
  • Reclaiming Our Streets.  City of Portland Bureau of Traffic Management.  1993.  1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 730, Portland,  OR  97204.
  • Speed Control in Residential Areas.  Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.  1993.
  • Traffic Engineering Handbook.  Institute of Transportation Engineers.  1992. 525 School Street SW, Suite 410, Washington DC  20024-2792.
  • Uniform Vehicle Code.  National Committee on Uniform Traffic Laws and Ordinances.  1987.  405 Church Street, Evanston, IL  60201.

Traditional Neighborhood Design:

  • AASHTO.  A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, 1994.
  • American LIVES, Inc.  "1994 Shopper and Homeowner Study, Community Features Home Buyers Pay For."  March 1995.
  • American Public Works Association.  Livable Neighborhoods:  Rethinking Residential Streets. 1996.
  • Burden, Dan.  "Twelve Steps Toward Walkable Communities."  Florida Department of Transportation.  1995.
  • City of Seattle Engineering Department. Making Streets That Work. 1996.
  • Corbett, Judith and Joe Velasquez.  "The Ahwahnee Principles: Toward More Livable Communities."  Western City Magazine.  September, 1994.
  • Ewing, Reid.  "Transportation Service Standards - As If People Mattered."  Joint Center for Environmental and Urban Problems.  1996.
  • Hamblem, Matt.  "The Kentlands Charrette."  Urban Land.  September 10, 1988.
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers. Guidelines for Residential Subdivision Street Design. 525 School Street  SW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20024-2792. 1993.
  • Murray, Maryanne.  "City considers 'the big picture'."  Fort Pierce Tribune.  January 29, 1995.
  • Muschamp, Herbert.  "Can New Urbanism Find Room for the Old?"  The New York Times.  June 2, 1996.
  • Pacelle, Mitchell.  "More Stores Spurn Malls for the Village Square."  Wall Street Journal.  February 16, 1996.
  • Swift, Peter, Dan Painter and Matthew Goldstein. "Residential Street Typology and Injury Accident Frequency - Draft Report."  Swift and Associates.  September 26, 1997 .
  • Wynne, Sharon Kennedy.  "Good Sidewalks, Good Neighbors."  St. Petersburg Times.  August 19, 1995.

Traffic Calming:

  • Boivin, Robert and Jean-Francois Pronovost,  The Bicycle: Global Perspectives, Velo Quebec Publication, September, 1992
  • Jacobs, Allen B., Yodan Y. Rofe, Elizabeth SacDonals, Boulevards: Study of Safety, Behavior and Usefulness.
  • Carmen Hass-Klau, Environmental & Transport Planning, Inge Nold,  Civilised Streets - A Guide to Traffic Calming, Geert Bocker & Graham Crampton, London
  • Cycle-Friendly Infrastructure, Guidelines for Planning & Design, Part II, Reducing, Calming and Managing Traffic, Department of Transport, United Kingdom
  • Cyclists and Traffic Calming, compiled by Johanna Cleary, CTC Technical Note
  • Hummel, T. Dutch Pedestrian Research Review, SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research, the Netherlands
  • Educating the Public on Neighborhood Traffic Calming (video), ITE Code # VHS-028
  • Zegeer, Cynecki, Fegan, Gilleran, Lagerwey, Tan and Works, FHWA Study Tour for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety in England, Germany, and The Netherlands, Transportation Technology Evaluation Center, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, October, 1994
  • Foreign Experience in Pedestrian Safety, Part IV (chapters concerning Australia, Canada, Netherlands, Scandinavia, United Kingdom, AARB Transport Research, Ltd.
  • Getting Back to Place - Using Streets to Rebuild Communities, Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
  • Governing Magazine, "Angels in the News Room"
  • Governing Magazine, "So Long, Civil Service - River Front Dreams"
  • A Guide to Roundabouts, Part 6, Austroads
  • A Guidebook for Residential Traffic Management, ITE, Final Report, December, 1994
  • Guidelines for the Design and Application of Speed Humps, ITE
  • Neighborhood Traffic Management - Dade County, Florida's Street Closure Experience
  • Ewing, Reid.  Pedestrian - and Transit - Friendly Design.
  • Portland Pedestrian Design Guide, City of Portland, Oregon
  • Portland Pedestrian Master Plan, City of Portland, Oregon
  • Davies, David G.  Research Development and Implementation of Pedestrian Facilities in the United Kingdom, David Davies Associates, 6 Hillside Road, Norwich, NR7 0QG, United Kingdom
  • Sarkar, Nederveen and Pols.  Role of Traffic Calming in Improving Pedestrian Safety, University of Pennsylvania and Delft Institute of Technology
  • Geddes, Hernsing, Locher and Zein.  Safety Benefits of Traffic Calming, Hamilton Associates Engineering and Planning Consultants for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February, 1996
  • Hoyle, Cynthia L.  Traffic Calming, American Planning Association, Planning ADVISORY Service Report No. 456, July, 1995
  • Ribbens & Schermers.  Traffic Calming as a Means for Promoting Pedestrian Safety in Urban Areas in South Africa, Transportek, CSIR, South Africa, Transportation Research Board Paper No. 97/1175, January, 1997
  • Traffic Calming, Auto-Restricted Zones and Other Traffic Management Techniques - Their Effects on Bicycling and Pedestrians, National Bicycling and Walking Study, FHWA Case Study No. 19, January 1994
  • Traffic Calming, The Solution to Urban Traffic and a New Vision for Neighborhood Livability, CART (Citizens Advocating Responsible Transportation), Ashgrove, Australia, 1993
  • Savage, William F. & Khaled Al-Sahili.  Traffic Circles - A Viable Form of Intersection Control?, ITE Journal, September, 1994
  • Stanlye, Sarah.  Walkable Cities, Liveable Streets, An Introduction to Pedestrian Safety Programs.  Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation of America, November, 1996


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