|Is this the America we all envision?|
|Sesame Street set... nice mixed use, walkable neighborhood.|
The safest roads in America are ones that are not made for easy speeding. The more "obstacles" such as trolley tracks, twists and turns, or even a nice tree-lined median significantly tame the car and signify to the driver that they have entered the domain of humans. The Charter for the Congress of New Urbanism states, "road engineers [once] put the safety of motorists first by designing road and intersections for speeds beyond the posted limit. The idea was to protect those motorists who drive carelessly or too fast. But when the road is designed for speeding, more drivers take advantage of that invitation, and more mayhem results. Proper traffic engineering today reverses that approach by providing physical cues--including street trees, narrower lanes, and intersections designed for pedestrians--that urge motorists to slow down rather than speed up."
|Typical Woodbury, NJ Broad Street residence is now the former Bottom Dollar PARKING lot. |
Once a grand residence for people has been relegated as a domain for the automobile.
image courtesy Gloucester County Historical Society
|People have the upper hand in this typical European street scene|
|Manhattan neighborhood event|
image credit: PPS
|Top is what happens when the car is allowed to dominate (looks scarily like most of our rt.45 sprawl)|
Bottom is what happens when you bring people into the equation
In the latest poll from the American Planning Association, two thirds of all respondents and 74% of Millennials believe investing in schools, transportation choices, and walkable areas is a better way to grow the economy than recruiting companies. It's time to really get serious about transportation reform especially with bankruptcy looming for the nation's transportation trust fund. We can't keep throwing good money after bad trying to prop up the unsustainable network of automobile-based infrastructure. NEVER put all your eggs in one basket. We need more options. Had the drunk driver had the ability to walk or take effective public transit home from a neighborhood pub, perhaps my friend’s mother would still be here today.