California Department of Transportation

Context Sensitive Solutions Research

Complete Streets

Context sensitive solutions (CSS) is an approach to transportation design that places preservation of historic, aesthetic, scenic, natural environment, and other community values on an equal basis with transportation safety, mobility, economics, and maintenance. CSS research helps quantify the increased benefits of developing transportation projects using this process.

Effects of Transportation Corridor Features on Driver and Pedestrian Behavior, 2012

The first phase of a research study directed at reviewing the impact of roadside design features on user behavior, safety, community and economic vitality, environmental quality, and public health. The research is mainly concerned with roadsides rather than vehicle roadbeds because roadsides are the interface zones between roadways and communities.

This literature review assesses the most recent research relevant to this topic. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop quantifiable performance measures, and to test these performance measures via case study analysis of selected highways.

Performance Measures for Complete Green Streets: A Proposal for Urban Arterials in California, 2010

Few defensible performance measures exist for assessing the user safety, public health, economic vitality, multimodal mobility and quality of life effects of various corridor design elements. This document represents the outcome of research efforts into the effects of transportation corridor design features on user behavior safety, the environment, public health and community economic vitality, and the creation of defensible performance measures.

The Effects of Transportation Corridor Roadside Design Features on User Behavior and Safety, and Their Contributions to Health, Environmental Quality, and Community Economic Vitality: A Literature Review, 2008

This literature review is the culmination of the first phase of a research study that aims to provide transportation agencies with information to facilitate more defensible measurement of the effects of corridor design features on the quality of life of the communities and rural environments through which they run.