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What Happens When You Challenge Your Own Profession's Dogma?

What Happens When You Challenge Your Own Profession's Dogma?

Four years ago, a fellow civil engineer in Minnesota tried (unsuccessfully) to challenge Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn’s license, in retaliation for Strong Towns’s criticism of infrastructure lobbying organizations. This incident still says a lot today about the need for reform in the profession.

Oregon Frees the Engineers

Oregon Frees the Engineers

Remember that engineer who was fined in Oregon for saying, “I am an engineer”? He won in court. Again.

When Traffic Engineers Can’t Hear You

When Traffic Engineers Can’t Hear You

When an intersection checks all the boxes on the traffic engineer’s checklist—efficient flow, reduced crash rate, check—but remains a completely hostile place for humans, and we point that out, what happens? Often, the engineers don’t even seem to hear what we’re saying.

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.

Speed kills, so why do we keep designing for it?

Speed kills, so why do we keep designing for it?

Engineering professionals must change their approach to designing roads and setting speed limits or they will continue to be responsible for thousands of deaths on American streets every year.

Design Speed is a Value Statement

Design Speed is a Value Statement

Choosing a design speed is an application of core values. We shouldn't allow the engineering profession to make this decision for us.

Slow the Cars

Slow the Cars

The most compelling thing we can do today to make our cities wealthier and more successful is to substantially slow automobile speeds on our streets.

A System of Safe, Human-Centered Streets

A System of Safe, Human-Centered Streets

What sorts of streets make up a strong town? It's time to get past the standard “local, collector, arterial, freeway” hierarchy of street design.

The Stroad

The Stroad

A stroad is a street/road hybrid. Stroads are dangerous and unproductive, and if we want to build strong towns, we have to eliminate them.

Springfield, we have a problem

Springfield, we have a problem

Springfield admits it has a speeding problem. It's time for the elected officials to order that State Street be redesigned to make travel speeds safe.

Video: Blinged-out Roundabout

Video: Blinged-out Roundabout

While roundabouts are a wise design choice, the money spent on this one (and countless others) is astronomical and unnecessary.

An Embarrassing Mess

An Embarrassing Mess

The case of Mats Järlström and the Oregon licensing board is an absolute embarrassment for the traffic engineering profession.