Leigh Gallagher correctly diagnoses a spate of pedestrian deaths: Suburban arterials masquerading as city streets. The solution is obvious: Tame them.
Smart Growth America reports on a new Senate bill, the Safe Streets Act of 2013:
There are so many factors that go in to making a city walkable. The factor that I find to be the most important, in pretty much all cases, is how safe the walkways are in terms of traffic.
Some of the traffic-control designs popularized in recent years undercut the comfort and well-being of pedestrians.
Some of the engineering solutions aimed at achieving “complete streets” fall short of their goal, say the authors of an authoritative new book. It would be better to focus on enclosure, architecture, overall width, and trees, they say.
Pasadena is considering plans to narrow portions of famed Colorado Boulevard and use that space to widen sidewalks and create tiny parks.
There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.
Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, a book by Charles Montgomery, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013, 359 pp., $27 hardcover.
Communications and coalition-building were key to adopting 500 complete streets policies nationwide. Now we need to implement those policies.
What is happening on Robert Street is simply the inertia of a broken system. Instead of spending tens of millions on a sub-optimal improvement, we should be done nothing.
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