1. Scope 1.1 This standard offers a set of instructions for optimizing street connectivity in support of buildings promoting sustainability. 1.2 Street connectivity involves establishing a network of streets that forms a grid pattern, providing multiple routes and connections to get to origin and destination points. A well connected area includes parallel routes and cross connections, few dead-end streets and many points of access. Frequent intersections create block lengths that are amenable to walking, bicycling and use of transit. 1.2.1 The more connections, intersections or streets that exist surrounding and accessing a parcel leads to better connectivity. 1.3 This standard includes general provision for connectivity and does not purport to create a system that produces the same result in every community since there are many factors that determine connectivity. This standard outlines the base procedure for incorporating connectivity into building and site development. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
This standard is needed to clarify the imporance of streets and when they are connected together in a grid pattern contributes to sustainable development. This standard will support discussion about street networks within the International Green Construction Code.
smart growth; location efficiency; street network
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.
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