Just Released! Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit

October 2, 2019 | Just Released! Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Transportation Toolkit |


We are pleased to announce the release of Navigating Main Streets as Places: A People-First Trans­portation Toolkit. Produced in partnership by Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America, Navigating Main Streets as Places provides guid­ance to Main Street leaders, community advocates, local officials, transportation professionals, and everyone else in between on how to:

  • Evaluate streets and transportation through the lens of placemaking;
  • Balance the needs of mobility and other street activities; and
  • Build stronger relationships with other decision-makers and the community.

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This one-stop-shop toolkit features best practices for rural downtowns and urban neighborhood commercial districts through three platforms: a downloadable handbook, an online resource library, and a multi-part webinar series.




Each part of the toolkit is organized around three chapters to make it easy to connect the dots across the platforms:

Chapter 1:
Transportation Matters for Main Streets explains why transportation and streets matter for commercial districts by examining their potential costs and benefits across six key areas: equity, safety, health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and community.

Chapter 2: Nuts and Bolts of People-First Streets delves into the nuts and bolts of various ele­ments that directly impact the quality of Main Street transportation networks in the areas of streetscape and pedestrian design, vehicular traffic, and parking. For each of these areas, we offer recommendations for infrastructure and programming strategies, as well as innovative policy solutions.

Chapter 3: Building a Better Street Together helps community leaders and stakeholders understand how to put the knowledge and tools presented in Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 into action through an inten­tional process of building knowledge, building partner­ships, and building a plan that is reflective of a community’s needs and capabilities.

Navigating Main Streets as Places is available to members and non-members alike. We encourage you to share with your community stakeholders and join us in creating people-first streets together!


A special thanks to our project partner PPS for their hard work and collaboration, content advisors Tash Wisemiller and Jacky Grimshaw for their advice and guidance, and to all of our section reviewers for their input.

This toolkit was made possible through the generous support of the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Foundation