Engineers Gone Wild?


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Check out how long these crosswalks are. This is not a high volume intersection. It really ought to look more like this:

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Smaller intersections are much safer for all users. They’re safer and easier to cross on foot, on a bike, or in a car!
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Obviously in the sprawl example above no effort is made to make it easy or safe to cross. There are more lanes than are necessary, and the lanes are too wide. And what’s up with the extra striped areas that aren’t even being used? Are they really needed? No. The corner radii are massive and the crosswalk has no refuge at the median. Viera Blvd could be 2 lanes instead of 4, and we don’t need dedicated right turn lanes on either street here. The travel lanes can all be 10′ wide instead of 12′. And we can definitely eliminate the striped lanes. All of the sprawl design elements in the current condition combine to encourage drivers to speed thru the intersection and make crossing the street very long, unsafe, and unpleasant! And for what? Beats me. I say we ought to change it!

Let’s fix this and start building things the right way all over our county! Please, elected officials, will you stand with us and help to change the rules so we can start building streets for people? Contact us today, and find out how you can make a difference!

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2 Responses to Engineers Gone Wild?

  1. Nice post. I was listening to a podcast yesterday called Urbanism Speakeasy and it featured an enlightened traffic engineer. The host stated that we have perverted the word “conservative” in our road design to mean building excess capacity because it MIGHT be needed later. Since when is it conservative to spend more than you need on something?? This is the crazy logic of traffic engineering: Let’s build more than necessary NOW (thereby inducing the very traffic they claim to fight) just in case..

    Can’t remember the person who originally said it, but “Fighting traffic by building more lanes is like loosening to belt to combat obesity”.

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