Comment 104414

By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted September 10, 2014 at 11:46:32 in reply to Comment 104410

Some ideas:

  • Tighter corner radii, forcing drivers to slow down at intersections.
  • Slower traffic speeds, so that drivers are already going slower (and I don't mean only posted speeds, also a matter of designing lane widths, number of lanes, parking, trees, transit and land use policy around the road).
  • raised cross walk so the driver has to slow down anyways
  • Faster light cycles to reduce the time penalty for missing a green light.
  • Sidewalk bump-outs to make the crossing distance shorter for pedestrians.

The thing is, all these ideas would be non-starters in suburban areas because they make driving a lot more inconvenient. Stroads exist because they make suburban living easier. The very fact that the road needs "wide grassy boulevards to keep pedestrians away from high-speed traffic" explains why this is such a bad road design - and yet the land use in the immediate vicinity makes it hard to move away from such a design.

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