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Fast Food, Easy Walking: Pedestrian Design Standards for Fast-Food Drive-Through in Centennial, CO
Student Researchers: Matt Duchan and Bronte Murrell
Client: City of Centennial
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This capstone is a comprehensive report that entails evaluating pedestrian design characteristics at fast-food drive-throughs around Centennial and subsequently recommending design standards that are effective in enabling drivers to adequately share space with pedestrians. The students analyzed case studies and relevant literature, inventoried the design features of existing drive-through restaurants in Centennial, developed an evaluation matrix for these restaurants, and then proposed design standards for new and retrofitted drive-through restaurants. With this information, Centennial’s planning staff and appointed officials can carry out recommendations for developing new fast-food establishments in neighborhood activity centers, while also improving upon existing drive-throughs with cost-effective retrofits focusing on both comfort and safety. This report provides an overarching framework for creating resilient, active, and innovative spaces in areas that demand a greater sense of place.