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An App For Democratizing Street Design

So far, tech companies have been determining how driverless cars will fit into the grid. ReStreet invites you to weigh in.
ReStreet lets users play road-planner and set aside lanes for their mode of choice.
ReStreet lets users play road-planner and set aside lanes for their mode of choice. ReStreet

When autonomous vehicles take over the streets, the streets will change to accommodate them: Expect special priority lanes, curbside pickup “docks,” and a massive reconfiguration of superfluous parking spaces once people no longer drive themselves.

Put in charge, how would you shape the thoroughfares of the future? A simple but intriguing tool called ReStreet invites any would-be transportation engineer to flesh out ideas. Developed and released by a team of planning and design specialists at the University of San Francisco and California Polytechnic State University, ReStreet offers two template streetscapes, one urban and suburban, for reimagining. (As sharp-eyed readers noticed, CityLab’s Emily Badger wrote about an earlier version of the tool called StreetMix back in 2013.)