Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Street design a large part of traffic safety

While murder may get more news, traffic deaths outnumber them. The Atlantic Cities had an interesting piece looking at how good urban street design can improve traffic safety.
Last month, the New York City Department of Transportation released a brief-but-handy guide that uses before-and-after design renderings to illustrate five basic rules for street safety. The report calls its comparisons "the largest examination of the safety effects of innovative roadway engineering conducted in a major American city, or perhaps any city globally." That's a tall claim, but there's no question that the five lessons embedded in these images merit notice from urban communities near and far.
Via The Atlantic Cities

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