Accessibility: An areawide measure of the ease with which people can move between defined geographic areas to access desired activities and services (e.g., the ability to reach a given location from numerous other locations, or the ability to reach a variety of other locations from a given location).

Access Management: The coordinated planning, regulation, and design of access between roadways and land development.

Activity Center: A compact node of development containing uses and activities which are supportive of and have a functional relationship with the social, economic, and institutional needs of the surrounding area.

Affordability: The cost of travel to destinations as a percentage of income.

Arterial: A roadway that accommodates through traffic movement at relatively higher speeds and over longer distances.

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs): Vehicles that have some control function without direct operation by a human driver.

Bike Share: A service that provides users with the ability to rent a bicycle on a short-term basis.

Buffered Bike Lane: Bike lanes that include a buffer space, separating bicyclists from vehicular traffic.

Collector: A roadway that distributes traffic at moderate speeds across the network between longer and higher speed arterials and local streets.

Complete Streets: Streets designed and operated to enable safe use and support mobility for all users. Those include people of all ages and abilities, regardless of whether they are travelling as drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, or public transportation riders.

Connected Vehicles (CVs): Contain onboard communications capability for two-way communication.

Countermeasure: A measure or action to prevent or offset a threat or consequence.

Curb Management: A variety of techniques for allocating use of curb space in urban areas for the many competing uses.

Equality: The state of being equal.

Equity: Fair and impartial treatment that also takes into account the different needs and abilities of people. Equity in transportation is commonly referred to as the representation of fairness in the distribution of benefits and burdens.

Green Hierarchy: A modal priority concept that places the greatest overall priority on planning and designing the network for the pedestrian and cyclist, in light of the low cost, space efficiency and lack of adverse environmental impact of these “active” transportation modes.

Justice: The process of removing the systemic barriers to address inequity and ensure fairness and inclusivity.

Livability: A measure of a community’s quality of life.

Local Street: A roadway that is low speed, short in length, and provides direct access to homes and other uses.

Micromobility: Small, lightweight, low-speed vehicles that are either electric or human-powered and provide transportation over short distances.

Mobility: The ability of people to move between origins and destinations using various modes of transportation.

Modal Priority: The relative priority placed on a given mode in the network planning process.

Multimodal Transportation Planning: The integration of transportation and land use to provide diverse mobility options that meet the needs of various system users.

Parking Management: A variety of policies, programs and strategies to make efficient use of parking resources, while accommodating other modal needs and furthering community goals.

Placemaking: A process to create and foster quality places, public spaces, and communities.

Right-of-Way: An easement that can contain many uses, such as paved lanes, medians, traffic control features, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transitways and supporting facilities, landscaping, drainage systems and utilities.

Shared Mobility: Transportation services that are shared by users.

Vision Zero: A strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities and severe injuries, while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

Walkability: The ability to safely and easily access destinations by foot. Walkable areas include designated areas and infrastructure for pedestrians such as sidewalks, footpaths, shared-use paths, or other pedestrian rights-of-way.


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