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The Cult of the Fantasy Pedestrian

The Cult of the Fantasy Pedestrian

If your goal is to promote public safety, design streets for the humans you have, not the perfectly obedient ones you wish you had.

We've Gotta Be Perfect

We've Gotta Be Perfect

“We’ve gotta be perfect. If a negligent driver kills someone, people see it as a necessary evil. But if a cyclist runs a red light, or a scooter hops onto a sidewalk alongside a busy street, we are just jerks driving crazy little vehicles with no regard for the law.”

Routine Traffic Stops Should Not Be Used to Fight Violent Crime

Routine Traffic Stops Should Not Be Used to Fight Violent Crime

Using routine traffic stops as a pretext to root out other types of crime is as disingenuous as it is unhelpful. We need to design intuitively safe streets—and then use traffic enforcement for the minority of drivers who are actually driving recklessly.

We Need a Sea Change in How We Think About Roads and Streets

We Need a Sea Change in How We Think About Roads and Streets

Is the engineering profession institutionally and intellectually prepared for a world in which we recognize that we need to slow down cars on urban streets? Revisiting one of our best podcast episodes of all time, in which Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn asks this question.

Why Routine Traffic Stops Don't Make Us Safer

Why Routine Traffic Stops Don't Make Us Safer

Speed enforcement won’t fix what’s actually a street design problem. And the way we use speed enforcement as a tool to accomplish other goals unrelated to speeding ends up not making anyone safer.

Residential Moats: Greater Rochester's Elmwood Avenue

Residential Moats: Greater Rochester's Elmwood Avenue

Wide, fast avenues through residential areas act as moats. They divide residents from jobs, resources, and each other, and harm cities’ prosperity and quality of life. Here’s one example of such a “moat.”

The Twelve Days of Safety Myths

The Twelve Days of Safety Myths

Learn to dispel the common myths you hear from transportation agencies with regard to safe streets. The guidance isn’t as sacred as they want you to believe.

Best of 2018: Why We Need to Talk About Car Aggression

Best of 2018: Why We Need to Talk About Car Aggression

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.

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

I keep thinking about the efficiency of the human body. Each model year comes equipped with space-saving design, lots of leg-room, built-in entertainment features, and is bio-fuel-compatible with generally limited emissions.

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

It's Time to Redefine the Single Occupancy Vehicle

I keep thinking about the efficiency of the human body. Each model year comes equipped with space-saving design, lots of leg-room, built-in entertainment features, and is bio-fuel-compatible with generally limited emissions. On foot, we are nimble, responsive, and shaped to maximize the utilization of space. A crowd of people is not a traffic jam, it’s a party!