I split this question off from my thread about current thinking on cul-de-sacs. I've been asked to talk about good and bad design for pedestrian and cycle connections off cul-de-sacs, at a national meeting next week.
I'm interested in your thoughts about what makes a well-designed path to connect a cul-de-sac to an adjacent street, and any regulations related to this.
Here's a draft list, please feel free to comment, and if you have any photos to illustrate I will LOVE YOU FOREVER!!!
Good ped/cycle connections off cul-de-sacs are..
straight (to give sightlines right through)
low fences and overlooked by neighbouring properties
wide, but prevent any through-traffic from motor vehicles
have a general feeling of being clean, light and open
are well sign-posted
have appropriate paving
Bad ones are...
winding or curved
not overlooked by anything (a person moving through can be hidden from sight)
poorly lit or not lit