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Making Liveable And Sustainable Major Urban Streets: The Case Of Begin Road In Tel-Aviv – Jaffa

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SC060521

Volume

93

Pages

10

Published

2006

Size

1,141 kb

Author(s)

Y. Rofè, R. Shliselberg, M. Szeinuk, R. Adiv & R. Ishaq

Abstract

This paper tells the story of the struggle to create a new major urban street that will help liveability and sustainability in the city of Tel-Aviv. Begin Road used to be a major inter-urban road linking the center of Tel-Aviv with its eastern and northern suburbs. With the construction of the Ayalon Freeway, the new suburban rail system, sharing the same corridor, and the planned light rail subway that will run underneath it, this road is undergoing a process of change. It is being transformed into the future main street of the Tel-Aviv CBD. This paper discusses the functions of major urban streets, the detrimental effects of modern traffic engineering practices and the resultant need to revive these streets. This theoretical background guided the design of alternatives for Begin Road. Each alternative has its merits and drawbacks with regard to creating complex major streets and a functioning pedestrian realm. Furthermore, this paper discusses some of the problems of creating such streets in the current regulatory and professional context. Keywords: traffic and transportation, major urban streets, boulevards, street – design, liveability, sustainable transportation, urban design, pedestrian movement. 1 Introduction One of the major issues in creating more liveable and sustainable cities is to make them less reliant on automobiles, and base them around public transit systems and pedestrian oriented environments (Newman and Kenworthy [1]).

Keywords

traffic and transportation, major urban streets, boulevards, street – design, liveability, sustainable transportation, urban design, pedestrian movement.