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Road Diets

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Yeah, America is big, so we developed four lane roads to get us from town to town faster. Then four-lane roads were extended into town to alleviate traffic. But do we really need four-lane roads in a city? City streets are safer with traffic going slower. To achieve that, some cities are putting their streets on a diet, making them smaller and slower. So far, that's making street use easier for pedestrians and cyclists, while still not causing worse traffic for drivers -in most places. Your mileage may vary, no pun intended. -via Laughing Squid

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The video points out (at 3:06) that "the volume of the roadway is still sustained". Road diets are used for roads which are wider than needed for the existing flow, hence "diet". It also points out the advantages for people on the sidewalks and in the bike lanes. Same capacity, safer, improvements for people not in cars - why the hate?
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