Roads in the future city
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One of the most critical features of the fabric of a city is the scale of the roads, the width between building faces. With wide roads, infinite variations are possible, pavements can have a generous width with space for trees, stalls and street cafes. Lanes can be provided for cyclists, with minimum width access lanes for servicing. With drop down space for buses and taxis, but with no on-street parking. Space in the centre can be for light rail, for buses or for elevated transit. Alternatively, below street level, along busy corridors, metros can run in shallow tunnels, easily accessible from street level by stairs, escalators and lifts. Smaller roads will be for pedestrians with servicing along them at night. In new development areas laying out this basic structure of wide roads can only be beneficial, provided they do not bring with them more traffic, offering instead great scope for imaginative urban design.