Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pinch Me

I don't know how to live in a world where TTI (Texas Transportation Institute) has begun arguing for narrower, more "friction-heavy" streets (meaning more stuff, i.e. trees, parking, um, ya know, actual people). One wonders, what was there come to Jeezus moment? From Sustainable Cities Collective.

1. They rejected that wider, straighter and faster is better for non-freeways in urban areas.
2. They adopted a multi-modal approach to safety. Travel by bicycle or on foot is valued equally and bikeped accommodations are universal. The Dutch have accommodated bicycling so well that a woman feels comfortable toting her three children to school.
3. They are managing access to their “arterials” to a degree that many American access engineers would envy. The helps eliminate conflicts between mobility and local access, which destroys the capacity of our through roads and leads to substantial deterioration of safety.

And, from the LA Times comes a criticism(?) of public transit proposals in the U.S. The underlying point, it will be impossible as long as we continue to subsidize personal automobile transportation at every level, from ownership, to gas prices, to the roads we drive them on, to parking ordinances, to free fare roads. No argument here. I would toll the $#(@ out any and every highway and arterial in North Dallas if I was king for a day.