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Month: March 2016

Traffic calming is the worst form of design ever!

 

Traffic calming gets neighbors fired up as much as the trash service changing their schedule unannounced.

Traffic calming exists to help you, the human being. When a local government builds something that’s a little calmy, it might not slow down vehicles as intended. Depending on the location, you might need much more than one little calming ingredient.

Check this site out for detailed information about how traffic calming improves walking and bicycling conditions: http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/planning/facilities.cfm.

And check this site out for design ideas: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/speedmgt/traffic_calm.cfm.

Painted bike lanes, the magic safety solution!

We’ve done it! Americans have solved the bicycle safety dilemma!

Ok, not really. But you’d think so, the way painted bike lanes keep springing up across cities.

Look, I like bright green bike lanes. A lot. But green lanes don’t make up for street networks that are still engineered for one purpose: speedy car traffic.

Repurpose all that public space for humans. Then celebrate with buckets of green paint.