Lane Width

New York City street with painted bike lane and crosswalk flanked by brick buildings.

Report: Narrow Traffic Lanes Improve Safety

Narrowing lanes can improve road safety and reclaim space for other uses.

November 13, 2023 - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Street Snow

Untouched Snow Reveals Street Usage

Those who promote safe streets often complain of streets that are too wide, wasting space and promoting reckless speeds. In chilly Calgary, undisturbed snow shows just how much street area is completely unused.

December 14, 2016 - Sneckdown Calgary

Bike Lane

Federal Rule Changes Remove Obstacles to Multi-Modal Streets

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) made official a set of rule changes that overthrow an old way of thinking about street design.

May 17, 2016 - Streetsblog USA

Ghost bike in New York

City Liable For Cyclist's Death Due to Poor Road Design

Road diets, whereby the number of traffic lanes are reduced to better accommodate cyclists, can be controversial. But what of the opposite—adding lanes to better accommodate motorists? A cyclist died after such an "improvement." A lawsuit followed.

December 9, 2015 - The State Smart Transportation Initiative

Complete Streets

Feds May Drop 'Highway-Inspired' Rules for Streets

The Federal Highway Administration may put an end to rules mandating wide lanes and "clear zones," making it easier to implement complete streets.

October 16, 2015 - Streetsblog USA

Road Diet

Reaching Vision Zero: Road Diets and Wider Lanes?

Slowing traffic by reducing the width of lanes should not be a one-size fits all approach to reaching Vision Zero.

October 5, 2015 - The Urbanist

San Jose Arterial Street

Another Study Shows That Narrow Is Safer Than Wide for Traffic Lanes

Better Cities & Towns gives its imprimatur to the "narrower is better" approach to lane width for traffic safety thanks to a study by Toronto transportation planner, Dewan Masud Karim, presented at the Canadian ITE annual conference.

August 12, 2015 - Better Cities & Towns

End of the rainbow

Narrower Lanes, Safer Streets

A new study indicates that the safest urban streets have lanes that measure 10-10.5 feet wide. Narrower and wider lanes have higher crash frequencies, and wider lanes have higher crash severity.

June 2, 2015 - Streetsblog USA

Toronto to Narrow its Traffic Lanes

Toronto will begin rolling out a program to narrow traffic lanes on the city's streets. The new lane policy, recently completed, was in the works for the past year.

November 28, 2014 - The Globe and Mail

Orlando Street

Traffic Safety Silver Bullet: Prohibit the 12-Foot Traffic Lane

Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City, argues that reducing the width of traffic lanes would be a panacea for the disastrous public health outcomes of traffic safety.

October 6, 2014 - CityLab

Walkable Streets: Considering Common Issues

Generalist Geoff Dyer delivers his walkability design tactics magnum opus on PlaceShakers. His years of practical experience are conveniently condensed for your consumption.

March 11, 2013 - PlaceShakers

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