#SlowtheCars is our campaign to make streets safe and prosperous.
Most cities' "traffic problems" are actually problems with the qualitative experience of traffic, not with simple travel time or delay. Perhaps we need a "Traffic Frustration Index" instead of a Traffic Congestion Index.
What if we moved beyond temporary "open streets" events and used what we learned there to make lasting changes to our street design?
Why Slow the Cars?
Strong Towns advocates for financial solvency and productive land use in American cities. Places that are built for people, using traditional development patterns, can help us achieve both of those goals. On the other hand, neighborhood streets with wide lanes, huge clearance zones and other dangerous design features cause thousands of pedestrian and car passenger deaths every year. Dangerous roads do not make productive use of our land or our lives. Furthermore, they depress investment in our cities by making our neighborhoods less pleasant places to be.
People are the indicator species of success. We know that pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are more economically productive, healthier and safer. We need to build places where people want to be.
A signalized crossing is an unnecessary expense for what a few traffic cones could easily accomplish. Humanizing Brunswick Street, on the other hand, would be in the best interests of the province and city.
What would our transportation system look like if all users—cyclists, car drivers, pedestrians—paid their fair share?
These low-cost strategies will make biking easier and safer in any community.
Safe Routes to School is a very popular federal program designed to make is easier for students to walk and bike to school. What if we instead chose to build Schools on Safe Routes?
As a society, we are zealous when it comes to the safety of children. And rightfully so. Still, for some reason we find it perfectly acceptable to routinely include them in the most dangerous activity of American life: riding in a car.
A Raleigh home on a high-speed stroad has been hit by 6 different cars in the past nine years. This is a direct example of the way that street design can quite literally decrease the value of our places.
Readers ask, What's the best crosswalk for my intersection? R. Moses' answer may surprise you.
Our neighborhoods and our cities would improve if more of us lived in places where “bumping into someone on the street” didn’t involve heavy traffic and a fender bender.
Langley Park’s auto-oriented development pattern imposes unneeded costs and burdens upon those who can least afford them.
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What's a Stroad?
Strong Towns coined the term "stroad" several years ago to describe the over-built, over-wide streets you find in suburbs, towns and cities throughout America. A street is a platform for wealth creation, and a road is a high-speed connector between two productive places. A stroad is a dangerous hybrid of both.
We call this "the futon of transportation" because, like a futon, which is neither a good bed nor a good couch, a stroad is neither a good street nor a good road. Let's turn our stroads into streets or roads, and put our country back on a path towards being financially productive.