The Strong Towns message is taking hold in St. Louis. After Strong Towns concepts were used to shine a light on dangerous streets in the Missouri city and after we published a piece assessing a recent traffic calming effort there, our Director of Community Engagement, Kea Wilson, was invited to speak on St. Louis Public Radio.
Listen to the interview here:
Her conversation with host Don Marsh gave a succinct definition of what traffic calming is and isn't, why forgiving design is a problem, and why everyone (not just people who walk regularly) should care about these issues.
As a cycling advocate, I avoid talking about the times when riding a bike in the city is scary, because I don’t want to deter would-be new riders from giving it a try. There’s only one problem with pretending I’m never afraid: it isn’t true.
Design that provides a little psychological nudge can be an inexpensive, easily-implemented way to address problems like pedestrian fatalities. But sometimes what we need is good, old-fashioned concrete.