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Quote Icon "Busy arterials that are fed by residential streets that end in cul-de-sacs are typical of sprawl; they create huge super-blocks that concentrate automobile traffic onto a few routes and hamper accessibility via transit, walking and biking. Compact... more
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Quote Icon Road infrastructure can be beautiful too. NEPAs emphasis on the overall environment has expanded the context of project aesthetics. The examination of the aesthetic resource element requires consideration of each of the following:... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Visual Impact Assessment for Highway Projects
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Quote Icon We are often not the first to tread this path. Archaeological resources:
  • Are visible, physical evidence (i.e. ruins, artifacts, structural remains, etc.) of historic or prehistoric human life or activity;
  • Are capable of being inventoried and... more
National Scenic Byways Program,
from Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities
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Quote Icon "Based on research from Denmark, Holland, Sweden, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, America, England, and Australia, where these new planning initiatives have been tried the following results can be expected: ... The top speed of traffic down by... more

from Traffic Calming: The Solution to Urban Traffic and a New Vision for Neighborhood Livability
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Challenges to Scenic resources include:

  • Billboard proliferation;
  • Poor community design and land use decisions;
  • Insensitive placement of telecommunications towers, wind turbines, and utility wires;
  • Inadequate tree protection;
  • Poor landscaping;... more
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Quote Icon "Highways operate as truly multimodal transportation facilities, particularly in large urban areas. Accommodating public transit and other high-occupancy vehicles (HOVs) is an important consideration. On one end of the scale, this may involve... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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Quote Icon "CSD is an opportunity to change the face of America."
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Quote Icon "CSS is one of the most important things we do."
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Quote Icon "Cultural quality is evidence and expressions of the customs or traditions of a distinct group of people. Cultural features include, but are not limited to, crafts, music, dance, rituals, festivals, speech, food, special events, architecture, etc.... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities
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History permeates our landscapes and communities.

How to incorporate historic qualities, elements and features begins with understanding their significance today.

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Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Byway Beginnings: Understanding, Inventorying, and Evaluating a Byway's Intrinsic Qualities
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Quote Icon READ the Institute of Transportation Engineers compilation of information on interacting positively with the media, and sample information pieces to provide to the local media: Cultivating Community Relations through Media Outreach, Identifying... more
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Quote Icon In their report entitled, Lessons Learned in Preparing US 17 Community Impact Assessment, The North Carolina DOT states as the most important lesson learned from preparing this CIA, which included eleven ethnically and economically diverse impacted... more
Transportation Research Board (TRB),
from Community Impact Assessment,November 2001
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Quote Icon "Professor Stina Sandels, a world authority on children and road accidents, argues that even the best road safety education cannot adapt a child to modern traffic, so that traffic has got to be adapted to the child."

from Traffic Calming: The Solution to Urban Traffic and a New Vision for Neighborhood Livability
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The Scenic Context features elements that:

  • Encompass visual attributes of the landscape that surrounds and influences us;
  • Represent the features or views that are distinctly characteristic of a region including natural landscapes (mountains,... more
Scenic America,
from Evaluating Scenic Resources
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Quote Icon Scenic resources are in part responsible for our emotional attachments to place, and this emotional dimension can make scenic resources difficult to describe or measure. Yet the importance of scenic resources to the quality of our communities and our... more
Scenic America,
from Evaluating Scenic Resources
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Quote Icon "Straighter, wider roads encourage greater speed. Accidents that happen are therefore more severe, resulting in more injuries or a greater likelihood of death."

from Traffic Calming: The Solution to Urban Traffic and a New Vision for Neighborhood Livability
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Quote Icon "...the best of all roads are those which foster movement towards a desirable social goal."
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Quote Icon "The hallmarks of a successful CSS project are that: It met the transportation need; It is considered by those who use it an asset to their community; The improvement fits in with the built and natural environment"
John Njord, January 13, 2004 Info Tab Icon
Quote Icon "We dont want our roadways to be scars in their communities. We want them to blend in with their surroundings and act as community members."
Project for Public Spaces (PPS),
from How Transportation and Community Partnerships are Shaping America: Part I: Transit Stops and Stations
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Quote Icon "When we have a challenging project, we should think of the process features needed to accomplish a winning solution. We should go in not with the idea that we may need design exceptions, but that perhaps we need to develop exceptional design... more
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