Streets are made up of dozens of individual components from travel lanes to parking spaces to sidewalk areas. Each of these components must be designed to both serve their intended purpose and integrate well with the other components of the street. There are often a range of different types of components that street designers may choose from to meet a particular street need. Facility selection is a critical step in the street design process.
The street can be divided into three general zones—the Pedestrian Zone, the Static Zone, and the Travel Zone. Many street components require special treatment at intersections. The links below access associated sections extracted from the complete Vital Streets Design Guidelines.