Standards for street design are critical to ensuring safe streets for all modes of transportation. Street standards assist City staff and private sector design professionals in applying a consistent approach to street design. The Austin Transportation Department is working on several initiatives related to updating street design standards.
Updates to the Transportation Criteria Manual
The Austin Transportation Department is currently working to update the Transportation Criteria Manual, the how-to manual for transportation-related requirements in the land development code. The Transportation Criteria Manual will include an updated approach to street design, new design standards, and new street cross-sections. The public input and technical analysis conducted to develop the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan will help inform the updates to the criteria manual. The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan will include an updated roadway table, which defines the future conditions of our streets and will reflect the revised cross-sections. The update to the Transportation Criteria Manual is expected to be complete in 2019, along with the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan.
Optimizing Street Design and Fire Response Access
The Austin Transportation and Austin Fire departments have been actively coordinating on a variety of public and private sector street design projects and standards. Our goal is to achieve the optimal balance of protection for multimodal traffic and fire emergencies that results in the fewest total deaths from all causes. Staff provided a memo to City Council on March 4, 2019, recommending strategies to optimize a shared vision for public safety. Below are several resources that provide more information on this initiative.
Presentation - Oct. 2, 2017, Pedestrian Advisory Council meeting
Austin Street Design Guide
Released June 20, 2017, the Austin Street Design Guide contains modern street cross-sections that consider street function, land use context, and all transportation modes. The guide serves as a precursor to updates to the City’s Transportation Criteria Manual. Feedback received from staff, private sector design professionals, and the community on the Austin Street Design Guide will inform the Transportation Criteria Manual update. This guide was developed by the Austin Transportation Department in coordination with other City Departments and Capital Metro.