Comment 39531

By Kiely (registered) | Posted April 07, 2010 at 11:38:49

design is certainly a huge factor here, but also keep in mind that huge cities need more lanes and one-ways. - Jason

Brisbane is hardly a "huge" city, but if you want a more comparable city in terms of population look at San Francisco. There are ~700K people and they have multilane one ways and even an expressway right through downtown. Yet it is regarded as one of the more beautiful cities in the world.

I read a lot of complaints about the "multilane one way expressways" on here claiming they're a big problem with the core… simply because they are one way and carry cars I guess? But we are no different in this way than many other cities I have been too and I don't see it being as big of a deal anywhere else as it is made to be here. Frankly some of the multilane one way streets I have walked down in other cities are vibrant stretches of pedestrian and even bike friendly roadway. The number of lanes and direction of traffic flow is a red herring. An ugly stretch of road is an ugly stretch of road, that is the problem we have.

I do agree our multilane one ways are overkill for a city this size that's why I would like us to lose (and believe we can lose) one lane on each of the 4 lane one way stretches in order to provide the type of streetscapes I have seen in those cities.

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