Streetscape Pro Help




Streetscape Elements

The third group in the input panel is the Streetscape Elements group. Each Streetscape Pro file is made up of Elements such as vehicle lanes, pavements or reservations. These are listed in the 'Streetscape Elements' list in the input panel on the left side.

Elements can be created, edited and deleted using the buttons at the top of this list. The order that they appear in the street (from left to right) can also be changed.

There are seven kinds of Streetscape Element:

  1. Pavement - for pedestrians
  2. Vehicle Lane - for vehicles
  3. Reservation - a zone used to separate other elements
  4. Shared Surface - a zone shared by vehicles and pedestrians.
  5. Bus Lane - a dedicated lane for buses
  6. Cycle Lane - a dedicated lane for cycles
  7. Parking - a zone containing on-street parking spaces

Adding a Streetscape Element to your Street

The 'plus' sign at the top of the list is an icon menu. Clicking on the small black arrow next to it will display the Add Element menu. Selecting from this menu will add an element to the list, which will appear below the currently selected element.

Removing a Streetscape Element

If you select an element in the list, and click the green minus sign, this element will be deleted from the list. If you delete an element by accident, then use the Undo command.

Changing the Order of Streetscape Elements

If you select an Element and click on the green up or down arrows at the top of the list, then you can move the Element up or down in the list.

Using the Mirror Button

This button will add a mirror image of the existing Streetscape Elements to the right. This is useful when designing symmetrical streets, as you only need to create the left hand side, and then click the mirror button to add the right hand side.

Next to it is the 'Reverse Direction' button. This will flip the streetscape elements, so the streetscape element on the far left will be placed on the far right and so on.

Editing the Properties of Streetscape Elements

All Streetscape Elements share the following properties: Width, Level, Cost, Cycle Parking Spaces and Appearance.

Width - This can be edited by entering a value next to the title (eg.'Pavement', shown in bold type) and pressing enter. The main display window will be updated when you press return. Note that parking elements have minimum values, and will default to the minimum if you type in a lower value.

Level - This can be edited by typing a value next to 'Level' and pressing enter to update the main display window. This will adjust the level of that element relative to the default (zero) level.

Cost - To access the detailed cost settings, click the small plus sign next to the word 'Cost' to expand the list. You can enter in two values - a construction cost (the one off, capital cost of building the element), and a maintenance cost, which is displayed as a recurring cost per year. Values can be entered as a cost per unit length (eg. £100/m), or as a cost per unit area (eg. £100/sqm). You can select this by choosing from the drop down menu on the right. Also see: Units. The Street Analysis panel will not be updated until you press return. (Also a length needs to be entered in the Street Analysis panel for the total cost to be displayed).

Cycle Parking Spaces - You can enter in a number of cycle parking spaces. This is not displayed in the Main Display Window, but the total for all Streetscape Elements is calculated and displayed in the Street Analysis Panel.

Appearance - To access the detailed appearance settings, click the small plus sign next to the word 'Appearance' to expand the list. You can choose what colour, pattern or texture is displayed in the Plan View by selecting from the menus. Please note that colours and patterns can be displayed at the same time, but if you choose a texture (eg. 'bound gravel') then the colour will not be shown.

Trees - To access the detailed tree settings, click the small plus sign next to the word 'Trees' to expand the list. You can turn trees on or off by choosing 'Enabled' or 'Disabled' from the menu next to the word trees. You can control the width and height of the canopy and the trunk separately, and choose a colour for each. Please note that the colour will not be displayed in the main display window unless you have selected 'Tree Shading' in the View menu.

Trees can be added to Pavements, Shared Surfaces and Reservations.

Note that if the Streetscape Element is too narrow, or the tree is too wide, then the tree may conflict with the adjacent buildings.

Direction - Vehicle Lanes, Bus Lanes, Shared Surfaces, Parking and Cycle Lanes all have a 'Direction'. This is the direction of travel. This can be edited by choosing 'Away', 'Towards' or 'Auto'. The first two options refer to the direction as it appears in the cross section. 'Auto' means that Streetscape Pro will make a guess as to the intended direction, based on the arrangement of lanes.

Parking Elements have their own detailed settings:

Configuration - You can choose the configuration of the parking by selecting from the drop down menu and pressing enter. The options are: parallel (to the direction of the road), 30-Degree, 45-Degree, 60-Degree and 90-Degree. Press enter to update the main display window. Please note that the minimum width will increase as the angle from parallel increases. However, if you change the parking configuration from a wider (eg. 90-Degree) to a narrower (eg. Parallel), then the width will not automatically update. To obtain the minimum width, an easy way is to select a very small width (eg. 1m), and it will adjust to the minimum for the chosen configuration.

Grouping - To access the detailed grouping settings, click the small plus sign next to the word 'Grouping' to expand the list. If Grouping is Disabled, then there will be a continuous line of parking spaces. If Grouping is Enabled, then the parking will be displayed in groups. You can choose how many spaces in the group by selecting a value from the drop-down menu, and can choose the gap between groups by entering a value next to 'Spacing' and pressing enter. Please note that by introducing gaps, the total number of on-street parking spaces will be reduced.

Type - You can choose whether the parking element is a single line of parking spaces, or whether it is doubled into two parallel groups.

Parking Direction - This is the same property as 'Direction' for vehicle lanes and other Streetscape Elements above.