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How Do We Design Better Streets?

Aug 6, 2018

Should streets be designed for cars? Some urban planners think we should be making our streets less efficient for automobiles, not more. This hour, can reimagining our streets create better communities?

We also take a dive into the debate around roundabouts…or traffic circles…or rotaries...whatever you call them!

And in budget-strapped Connecticut, how can cities redesign traffic flow without breaking the bank?

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GUESTS:

READING LIST:

City Lab: 5 Reasons Why Amsterdam Works So Well for Bikes – “Making a city where most trips are done on bikes requires utterly discarding conventional car-centric ways of thinking about transportation.”

The New York TimesNew York City’s Pedestrian Deaths Hit Lowest Level Since 1910 – “The city’s initiative has included steps such as reducing the speed limit to 25 miles an hour, more stringent enforcement of moving violations, revamping hundreds of street corners to slow down turning cars and rejiggering crossing signals to give pedestrians a head start.”

Vox: Why America’s roads are so much more dangerous than Europe’s – “When gas prices go down, people drive more and deaths go up. When they lose their jobs, they drive less and they drive more carefully — they may stay below the speed limit to avoid getting tickets — and deaths go down.”

Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on May 25, 2018.