Community street design

Sustrans brings communities together to help them redesign their streets to make them safer and more attractive places to live, where people come first. These projects offer an affordable, community-led alternative to the home zones design concept.

We work with local residents and other partners to create high quality urban environments that promote sustainable travel and are safe and pleasant to live in and visit. Key elements in creating liveable neighbourhoods are safe and enjoyable walking and cycling routes and well-located amenities such as local shops, schools, and green open space.

Sustrans’ DIY Streets project in the London Borough of Haringey (2010 – 2012) led to:

  • 10% average reduction in traffic volume at monitoring sites
  • 23% increase in traffic travelling 20mph or less
  • 61% increase in residents who felt the street was attractive
  • 34% increase in residents who felt the street is place to socialise

Our services

We offer a wide range of services including: 

Residential street design

Working in individual streets or neighbourhoods, we deliver a comprehensive community engagement and design service focused on meeting local aspirations for improving streets. Typically this involves addressing traffic speed and/or volume, rat-running, problem parking, as well as delivering activities to encourage sustainable travel behaviour and more social use of streets as public spaces.

Mixed-use and high street design

We have adapted our successful community-led design approach to tackle the more complex issues and needs of mixed-use and high streets.  These focus on engaging the full range of stakeholders for these spaces and creating innovative solutions to satisfy a wide range of use needs.


Our community-led design approach transfers well to working around the school gates and school journey approaches


We have increasing expertise in working in villages to address traffic speed/volume issues with sensitivity to the rural nature of the surroundings.

Urban design

Where a commissioner has an existing community engagement team, we can compliment their expertise with our design service.

Community engagement

Where a commissioner has an existing urban design team, we can compliment their expertise with our community and stakeholder engagement support.