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Being a City Planner In a Room Full of Engineers

Posted By Angie Schmitt On December 13, 2012 @ 10:27 am In Featured | No Comments

A few words of encouragement if you’ve ever been the only non-traffic engineer in a room full of traffic engineers [1].

  1. It’s OK to question Level of Service and traffic volume projections [2]. They’ve often been wrong before. They will be wrong again.
  2. It’s OK to advocate for narrower lanes [3].
  3. It’s OK to use the phrases “fast”, “anti-urban” and “does not meet livability goals” when describing one way couplets [4].
  4. Separated bike lanes [5]are no longer radical ideas, even if they mean taking traffic lanes away from automobiles.
  5. Your intuition is correct. Sharrows on high volume streets are dangerous and should not be used just to placate cyclists.
  6. Full time on-street parking [6]is not an impediment to traffic flow, even on urban arterials. It’s a retail-booster and a free traffic calming device.
  7. It’s OK to talk about “big picture” things when the conversation focuses on minutia.

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URLs in this post:

[1] traffic engineers: http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2010/11/22/confessions-of-a-recovering-engineer.html

[2] question Level of Service and traffic volume projections: http://nexus.umn.edu/papers/ForecastAccuracy.pdf

[3] narrower lanes: http://carfreebaltimore.com/?p=1102

[4] one way couplets: http://www.governing.com/topics/transportation-infrastructure/The-Return-of-the.html

[5] Separated bike lanes : http://greenlaneproject.org/blog/view/249

[6] Full time on-street parking : http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/6040/replace-rush-hour-parking-restrictions-with-curb-bulb-outs/

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