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The Curse of the Cul de Sac

A new study found that residents in areas with interconnected streets travel 26% fewer miles by automobile than those in areas with lots of cul-de-sacs.
May 9, 2010, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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The study is by Lawrence Frank, Bombardier Chair in Sustainable Transportation at the University of British Columbia.

Melissa Lafsky at The Infrastructurist writes, "The theory behind cul-de-sacs was that they lessened traffic, since they change the primary function of local streets - rather than offering a way to get anywhere, now they simply provide access to private residences. The problem is that this design inherently encourages car use, even for the shortest trips."

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Published on Friday, May 7, 2010 in The Infrastructurist
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