Understanding the Active Factor for Development of the Streets | Original Article
In this new world today, Urban streets playing a major role as a heritage streets or commercial streets and sometimes a residential or historical street. The concept of streets came from Roman period and the use of streets as a surprising element can be seen in medieval period where end of the streets surprisingly into a large space. The creation of vistas from a large square to one end of street gave an interesting feel to visitor as seen in Renaissance period. Now the street policy is changed and ensure the right of way to be design and planned for all users with proper accessibility and safety. In India, the streets planning and designing led by the transport engineers who gave always preferences to motor vehicles against the pedestrian walks. With 75 population will live in urban areas by 2050 and that time urban streets need to balance the increasing vehicles and the city economy. When the city grows it grows in all directions and it is important to consider the processes that shape our streets because they are directly linked upon other urban systems and it is important to design them well for the benefit of the cities and its residents or visitors. Streets should not be seen in isolation or as transportation projects alone, it should be evaluated on the basis of parameters likepedestrian safety, Urban realm, parking, loading activities. This paper talks about the concept of “Link and space design” by considering the users safety on the street rather than vehicles in planning and design both. This paper helps to understand the desirable and minimum street performance indiceswith time and identifies the areas for improvement and to determine the appropriate balance of street space and capacity. The aim of this paper is to illustrate to redesign an urban high street to meet the needs of local residents, visitors and local businesses so that the street of that city play a major role as a social gathering space which contribute the quality of life in urban areas.