Comment 78054

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 07, 2012 at 07:56:15

One of the things I've tried to argue is that two-way conversion isn't just for pedestrians and cyclists: it also makes it easier for drivers to reach a destination on a given street. After all, two-way conversion serves not only to slow the speed of automobile traffic but also to increase the flexibility and usability of the street network.

I mean, it's certainly possible to design a one-way street so that it is pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly, but why bother? The whole purpose of one-way traffic is to maximize the speed and volume of through traffic, and measures that make a one-way street pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly will also serve to reduce the speed and volume of through traffic - albeit without the benefits of two-way conversion to local businesses.

If we're going to reduce the speed and volume of through traffic anyway, we might as well do it in such a way as to maximize the street's usefulness for all local modes - driving as well as walking and cycling.

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