The planners in 1955 were quite clued up in two aspects; one was the dropped kerbs; these ramps were a great help to us young mums when negotiating pavements with our loaded prams, and of course, now in the more enlightened attitudes to the disabled are useful for buggies and wheelchairs.
The second was the network of cycle paths, unknown, I believe, until new towns were built. There were then, and probably are, now great for people who want to save money and get fit at the same time!
The other good thing about Stevenage, apart from providing homes for people like me who didn’t have a hope of getting a council house in my home town, was the landscaping, which to this day, really enhances the look of the town, in all seasons. The policy at the beginning was to preserve old trees, along with planting new ones, which was very forward thinking.