A newly released research paper - Three Traits Shared by New York Cities Most Walkable Streets
- has identified three key ingredients to creating pedestrian friendly places. The researchers who studied streets in New York City and Salt Lake City, Utah has found that streets that are distinctive and memorable contain a higher level of pedestrian activity than streets that are nondescript and blank.
The authors site visual identity, unique views or vistas, architectural character as important to making streets memorable. The authors note that it’s also important that pedestrian friendly streets have active uses, street furniture and plenty of street level windows.
We’ve been promoting distinctive furniture and site amenities to create memorable places for almost ten years now. Here are a few of our favorites.
. Designed in Australia but being built in the U.S. under license to Tournesol Siteworks. The bench is a favorite because of it’s organic design and creation of conversation pockets. Multiple units connected end to end create a wide variety of Twig seating configurations. During daylight or evening hours, the standard or illuminated Twig
This unit and other artistic bike racks encourages cycling and promote art on the street and in public places.