Thursday, December 13, 2012No Comments
A few words of encouragement if you’ve ever been the only non-traffic engineer in a room full of traffic engineers.
- It’s OK to question Level of Service and traffic volume projections. They’ve often been wrong before. They will be wrong again.
- It’s OK to advocate for narrower lanes.
- It’s OK to use the phrases “fast”, “anti-urban” and “does not meet livability goals” when describing one way couplets.
- Separated bike lanes are no longer radical ideas, even if they mean taking traffic lanes away from automobiles.
- Your intuition is correct. Sharrows on high volume streets are dangerous and should not be used just to placate cyclists.
- Full time on-street parking is not an impediment to traffic flow, even on urban arterials. It’s a retail-booster and a free traffic calming device.
- It’s OK to talk about “big picture” things when the conversation focuses on minutia.