Better Streets, Better Cities: A Guide to Street Design in Urban India, released by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the Environmental Planning Collaborative, provides an overview of Complete Streets that are applicable anywhere. Starting with the premise of solving mobility issues with efficiency rather than capacity, the document articulates the ‘equitable allocation of road space,’ including space for street vending.
Using this document to guide global cities as they undergo rapid development could serve as an example of leapfrogging, adopting modern systems without advancing through intermediary steps. Skip the gridlock, obesity, pollution, associated with car dominance and advance immediately to bicycle green waves, cycle tracks, and streets that are places. By building Complete Streets, cities can achieve mobility goals while enhancing local culture, environment, and economy.