Evaluating Innovative Urban Street Design Concepts with PTV Vistro

  • Do you want to learn more about PTV Vistro’s urban street design use cases? in this video, view how they can be directly applied in our PTV Vistro's Urban Street Use Case Demo on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO . Additionally, you can view the interactive Google Earth demo.

Urban Street Design tactics

  • Innovative urban street design strategies make streets safer, embrace livable spaces, and support economically vibrant communities. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Urban Street Design Guide, describes many urban street design tactics. Tool kits call for the reengineering of space to add larger sidewalks, bicycle lanes, cycle tracks, bioswales, parklets, and other traffic calming strategies. Robust traffic analysis tools evaluate the operational consequences of conceptual planning and design elements. 

PTV Vistro's urban street design features

  • PTV Vistro’s time-saving workflows include powerful traffic signal optimization, scenario and mitigation management, and traffic impact study tools. Vistro’s unparalleled network creation and lane configuration controls are ideal for fast-paced road diets and complete streets analyses and screening. Additionally, Vistro’s highly customizable traffic signal optimization routes and traffic impact study tools are well-suited to study rerouting of vehicle traffic off a City’s Main Street, or plan routes around construction or events and signal retiming. This makes analyzing one-way to two-way conversion projects or diverting traffic around pedestrian malls or bicycle corridors, as shown in the above video demo of Boulder, CO effortless.  Moreover, larger downtown implementations, like along Cincinnati, Ohio's Vine St, shown below, require jogging movements to realign traffic to the Vine St/Race St one-way couple.

  • Also, PTV Vistro enables planners and engineers to evaluate active transportation and transit modes. Innovative urban street design solutions like Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs) are easily modeled using PTV Vistro’s Delayed Vehicle Green functionality. In addition, Vistro analyzes exclusive pedestrian phases. PTV Vistro’s network coding allows the creation of parallel facilities to study cycle tracks and bus lanes. PTV Vistro estimates passive and active transit-signal priority along bus lanes, as well as evaluation of near-side and far-side stop locations.

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About the Author
  • Adam Lynch

    Adam is Senior Product Manager for PTV Vistro and a Certified Trainer at PTV Group. He has extensive industry experience as a Traffic Engineer/Planner using PTV Vistro for Traffic Impact Studies and Traffic Operations projects.  Connect with Adam on LinkedIn, or join the PTV Vistro LinkedIn Forum to learn more about PTV Vistro.