Comment 54120

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted December 31, 2010 at 00:01:11

Spacemonkey, not to be rude but, did you read the whole article you posted? I would agree that more information is alwys important, but I'm not quite sure the article you cited shows the "support" for a one way system that you seem to indicate. Neither does it show a "balanced" view in my opinion.

The Federal Highway Administration’s Pedestrian Safety Report on “One-Way/Two-Way Street Conversions" states there are reasons for both, while the remaining studies cited seem to support two-way streets, except for "The Center for the American Dream of Mobility and Homeownership" paper, whose statistics are clearly woefully inadequate.

Quotes from your article: "The highly technical article “A MICROSCOPIC SIMULATION STUDY OF TWO-WAY STREET NETWORK VERSUS ONE-WAY STREET NETWORK”...[says] you have to turn more on a 1-way street network, and therefore have more chances of running over people."

This study seems clearly to state that one way streets are worse than two way streets.

Another quote, from the only source cited that actually states one way streets are superior: "On the other side of the debate is the Center for the American Dream of Mobility and Homeownership’s paper “No Two Ways About It: One-Way Streets are better than Two-Way.” The most convincing evidence produced in this paper is that pedestrians were hit more frequently after streets were converted to 2-way in several downtowns in the US. I’d prefer to cite those studies directly...but the empirical evidence cited about the number of accidents resulting from recent 2-way conversions is convincing."

Personally I think statistics on recent conversions only tell half the story. What are the long term statistics in these conversions? How do two way streets recently converted to one way streets fare in pedestrian accidents? What about statistics on two way streets which have never been converted to one-way? Basing any argument on these statistics alone seems outright foolish.

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