The Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI) is a program of NACTO, a New York-based, 501c3, non-profit organization. Launched in 2014, the Global Designing Cities Initiative focuses on transforming streets to inspire safe, sustainable, and healthy cities. Our work is informed by the strategies and international best practice captured in the Global Street Design Guide.
We believe that:
1. Streets are more than just a conduit for movement. They are the largest network of public space in cities, on average comprising more than 30 percent of a city’s total area. They are the front doors to business, and the backyards to homes.
2. Cities must design streets that put people first. Inequitable distribution of space and over-investment in car-oriented infrastructure make streets dangerous places to walk, cycle, or board transit: more than 1.3 million people die each year in road crashes. Streets must be redesigned to be safe spaces for sustainable and healthy transport modes.
3. Seeing is believing! Showing people what’s possible can change hearts and minds. Pop-up interventions can help to build support, create momentum, and inspire big changes.