Abu Dhabi unveils new street design standards

The new design calls for safer and aesthetic street environments in the emirate. (SUPPLIED)

Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC), the agency responsible for the future of Abu Dhabi's urban environment, unveiled new street design standards yesterday.

They comply with the guiding principles of Capital 2030, which call for safer, more comfortable and aesthetic street environments across the emirate.

The Urban Street Design Manual, to be showcased at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010 in April, is based on key design principles, including safety for all street users and the acknowledgement that all great street designs begin with pedestrians and ensure universal access and environmental sustainability embodied by Estidama initiatives.

It will complement the multi-modal transit infrastructure aspect of Capital 2030 that aims to introduce key lifestyle enhancements for residents of Abu Dhabi.

Similar lifestyle enhancement themes will also be applicable to waterfront, mixed-use and community development, sporting venues, natural environment, revitalisation strategies and cultural heritage aspects of UPC's other key urban development projects.

"Our new urban street design manual aspires to establish Abu Dhabi as a model for global mobility underpinned by diversity in movement options, flexibility in destination access, efficiency in time saving and enhancement of livability," said Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi, General Manager, UPC.

With the introduction of the Urban Street Design Manual, the UPC aims to reduce the emirate's reliance on personal motorised vehicles by implementing a network of public transit to include highspeed rail and rapid transit options such as trams and buses.

 

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