Akron, Ohio is tackling its stroad problem, one oversized boulevard at a time. “Right-sizing” this neighborhood main street will make it safer and more inviting and hospitable for small businesses.
These campaigns are the kind of thing that large, out-of-touch bureaucracies do when they want to appear like they are doing something without actually changing anything about what they are doing.
As a cycling advocate, I avoid talking about the times when riding a bike in the city is scary, because I don’t want to deter would-be new riders from giving it a try. There’s only one problem with pretending I’m never afraid: it isn’t true.
Design that provides a little psychological nudge can be an inexpensive, easily-implemented way to address problems like pedestrian fatalities. But sometimes what we need is good, old-fashioned concrete.
By overemphasizing vehicle Level of Service (LOS) we justify expensive, overbuilt streets that are dangerously inhospitable to people—just so drivers won’t be inconvenienced during peak travel times.
Policy choices are often presented to us as simplistic binaries, or irresolvable clashes of competing values. Have the courage to step outside that box and ask more fundamental questions.
A Strong Towns member’s original research on where pedestrians are and are not hit by vehicles in his city of Rockford, Illinois, makes clear that street design matters. A lot.
Our transportation system has solely focused on automobile traffic flow as its metric of success. For the sake of our economic and physical health, that needs to change.
Why we need them, how to build them, and who’s already getting it done around the country.
The continual rise of pedestrian deaths in poor neighborhoods has been a point of indifference in a city plagued by auto-oriented design.
If we want a city that’s financially healthy, we need to cultivate human disorder, rather than do whatever we can to minimize it.
In the city of Milwaukee, like so many other communities, it is the poorest residents who bear the brunt of dangerous street design.
The Strong Towns message is taking hold in St. Louis, MO.
Cities across the nation can't maintain the massive amounts of infrastructure that their development patterns require. So why is this one proposing a bunch of new road projects it can't afford?
On September 3, 1967 in Sweden, something incredible happened. No one died in traffic. But what is truly incredible is why, and what happened next.
A completely preventable traffic death shows us how street design makes our cities unsafe, and how simple adjustments could change that.
Show this video to anyone who needs a crash course in what makes our streets dangerous and how to make them safer and more financially productive.
We should all be skeptical of the emptiness of thoughts and prayers in response to a preventable tragedy and demand real change. But we won't, because this is the city we've built.
5 things a Moroccan medina taught me about safe streets.
By providing the language to explain why fast-moving "stroads" are so treacherous, we hope to empower cities to make them safer.