The Model Design Manual for Living Streets was presented with awards from the American Planning Association and the Federal Highway Administration. In 2013 the project received a National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice, from the American Planning Association. In 2012, the Federal Highway Administration honored the project with the 2012 Exemplary Human Environment Initiatives Award, Encouraging Nonmotorized Transportation category.
The guides, developed for Los Angeles County, are intended to provide guidance on all users of the public right-of-way and addresses landscaping, mobility, design, and the public involvement process at a national level. Nelson\Nygaard helped write several sections of the document, including sections about geometric street design (e.g. design speed, design vehicles), cross sectional elements of the traveled way, intersection design, and traffic signals.