Comment 53220

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted December 16, 2010 at 23:12:00

Are the streets really more pedestrian friendly when the people walking are exposed to a more polluted environment?

It is very well understood and empirically supported that when you optimize streets for traffic flow, more people drive longer distances more often and increase the overall air pollution.

If you want people to get out of their cars and walk, cycle, or take transit - and hence reduce impacts on air quality - you must make it easier, safer and more pleasant to do those things.

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