Arterial streets are located on section lines a mile apart and carry traffic from one area of the city to another. Collector streets connect with arterials and move traffic within residential neighborhoods, while local streets serve individual lots.
How people experience a place is based on how well they are able to move through and connect to activities and desired destinations. Chandler aims to develop streets that are designed to provide safe and efficient movement for a multitude of users (e.g., motorized vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit for all ages and abilities). Efficient connectivity between residences, schools, shopping, parks, community activity centers and employment is the goal of those responsible for the planning, implementation and maintenance of Chandler's street network.
The ability to walk, bike, or use transit/non-auto options safely around the community is paramount. Schools, conveniently located in the center of neighborhoods, should be linked by sidewalks and trail systems allowing students to safely walk to school. The arterial roadway system forms the backbone of the city’s multimodal transportation system and is more than curb, gutter and pavement built to serve automobiles.
The right-of-way is often shared by several different transportation modes including automobiles, trucks, buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Improvements to the roadway system must balance the needs of all modes. New transportation technologies must also be accommodated as they emerge and could affect future roadway design. The advent of self-driving cars and car ride-sharing programs will continue to make automobile use relevant as alternative modes of transportation are considered. The roadway system provides access to activity centers, supports new development, and provides for recreational travel.
Land use planning and traffic management are interrelated and, when effective, address the needs of multiple transportation modes while also accommodating people’s needs (e.g., improved crosswalks, wider sidewalks, traffic calming). A modern roadway system provides a combination of integrated components that can work together to provide the safe movement of people and goods.