Public officials trying to make their city’s street more humane are often thwarted by the professional engineers giving them advice. If that’s your city, it’s time to make a change.
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.
Remember that engineer who was fined in Oregon for saying, “I am an engineer”? He won in court. Again.
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.
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.
The “safety features” built into our modern streets are often downright dangerous. It's time to use the forgiveness of slow speeds instead of forgiving design.
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.
Choosing a design speed is an application of core values. We shouldn't allow the engineering profession to make this decision for us.
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.
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.
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.
There are rules you have when you are comfortable that make no sense when you are not.
It is very seductive to look at Houston's flooding as a simple engineering and planning 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.
While roundabouts are a wise design choice, the money spent on this one (and countless others) is astronomical and unnecessary.
I'm part of the Strong Towns movement because the fundamental tenets of this organization have challenged my assumptions about the design and construction of infrastructure more than any lecture or syllabus.
I'm a member of the Strong Towns movement because I believe city planning, management and governance need a dramatic transformation in order to be forces of greater equity in civic, cultural and economic life.
The case of Mats Järlström and the Oregon licensing board is an absolute embarrassment for the traffic engineering profession.
When choosing between a narrow one-way couplet and a large stroad, one-ways get my vote every time.
Could legal challenges be a way to fight dangerous road design?