Road Diets

Chicago fire department fire truck driving down street with blurred background indicating motion at nighttime.

Balancing Road Diets With Emergency Access

Examples from the Netherlands show how bike lanes and traffic calming can coexist with effective emergency response.

April 10, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

View of blurred traffic on South Beach, Miami street at nighttime.

Florida Law Targets ‘Activist’ Road Diets

Gov. DeSantis signed a transportation law that complicates the process for lane reductions, despite the rising number of pedestrian deaths in the state.

April 8, 2024 - Florida Politics

Bird's eye view of green painted bike lane with one cyclist.

LA’s Mobility Plan Implementation Faces Opposition

The city’s firefighters’ union claims that bike and bus lanes would slow response times and impede access for first responders.

February 16, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

Red fire engine on street in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Getting Buy-in for Road Diets From Fire Departments

Proposals to narrow streets often meet resistance from emergency responders concerned about safety and access.

November 29, 2023 - Strong Towns

Streets and buildings in historic Oxford, England.

What Draws Conspiracy Theorists to Traffic Calming Plans?

Proposals for road diets, ‘15-minute cities,’ and other traffic reduction programs often meet with unfounded conspiracy theories claiming that the plans are nothing short of steps to world domination.

January 15, 2023 - The Guardian

Avenida Septima

Bogotá Uses 7,000 Public Design Proposals to Redesign its Main Artery

To reimagine the city's most important artery, Bogotá sought community input via an innovative online platform.

December 15, 2020 - The City Fix

Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

Shrinking Highways: Could the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Be the First?

Highways have been razed, replaced with boulevards, and streets have been placed on road diets, but what about lane reductions on interstate highways? That's one recommendation in a report released Thursday by a panel of experts on the BQE.

February 3, 2020 - The New York Times

Protected Bike Lane

Nation's Top Safety Board Recommends Protected Bike Lanes

The NTSB chair issued a stark warning on Nov. 5: "If we do not improve roadway infrastructure for bicyclists, bicyclists will die who otherwise would not," stated Robert Sumwalt in introducing their first report in 47 years devoted to bike safety.

November 19, 2019 - National Transportation Safety Board

Minneapolis Arterial

Traffic Fatalities Compel New Standards for Road Diets

In the Twin Cities, traffic engineers are reconsidering traffic congestion on four-lane arterials in the face of unrelenting tragedy on these car-centric corridors. Road diets, designed for safety, are now a more tenable proposition.

October 30, 2019 - MinnPost

A bride and groom riding on citi bikes in New York

Bikelash Strikes Again in New York City

New York City, which earlier this decade ago experienced wild controversy surrounding the addition of bike lanes and bikeshare to city streets, is once again faced with a battle of drivers versus bike lanes.

August 19, 2019 - The New York Times

Los Gatos, California

Public Opinion Differs on New Bay Area Road Diet

Some love it; some hate it: The main drag of Downtown Los Gatos, at the southern end of the South Bay Area, got a complete streets makeover.

July 23, 2019 - The Mercury News

Ghost Bike

Two Strategies for Achieving Vision Zero

To end traffic fatalities while still enabling urban mobility, cars will have to slow down and people will have to travel by other modes.

May 22, 2018 - Medium

Los Angeles Street

Trying to Remake L.A. as a More Walkable City

A legacy of discriminatory planning exacerbated the low-density sprawl that's been so hard for Los Angeles to roll back.

April 28, 2018 - The American Prospect

Restaurant Row, designed by Local Office Landscape and Urban Design

A Dutch 'Shared Street' Is Coming To Miami

A Dutch-style "shared street" is being planned in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami.

March 14, 2018 - Modern Cities

Bike Infrastructure

The Business Case for Bike Lanes

Local businesses in Beaverton, Oregon hope new walking and biking infrastructure will attract young talent.

October 30, 2017 - Bike Portland

Two More Road Diets Erased in Los Angeles

Traffic safety projects, and with it the city of Los Angeles' Vision Zero and Great Streets initiatives, have been dealt disappointing setbacks in recent months.

October 6, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

Senior Mobility

An Aging USA Needs Safe Streets Now More Than Ever

Bigger cars and an older population means a growing number of Americans die while crossing the street, and the country is just getting older.

September 1, 2017 - Mother Nature Network

La City Hall Cycling

Editorial: Ambitious Plans Don't Work Without Political Leadership

The Los Angeles Times critiques the political culture in Los Angeles. In this case, it's the failure of a road diet project that provoked the criticism, but these lessons apply to the city's bicycle plans and homeless housing plans, too.

August 4, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

Bike Lane

Road Diets and Bike Lanes in the Works in South Los Angeles

Urbanize.LA has the scoop on the first indications of plans in South L.A. to give more space in the road to bikers.

June 19, 2017 - Urbanize LA

Colorado Multi-Modlaism

Denver Divvying Up More of its Street Space for Not Cars

Denver is in the process of rolling out a transportation experiment to the residents of the region: separating street space for transit and active transportation can serve all users and doesn't have to be the end of the world for drivers either.

May 9, 2017 - The Denver Post

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