Why Slow the Cars?
Do you want your streets to become safer and more economically resilient? Streets that are built for people, using traditional development patterns, can help you achieve both of those goals. It may sound counterintuitive, but streets with wide lanes and huge clearance zones are actually more dangerous than narrower, slower streets. Without better design by planners and engineers, we’ll never pull our cities and towns out of the financial insolvency that has resulted from our current road design, much less stop the daily occurrence of tragic deaths on our roadways.
On this page, you'll find resources and ideas to help you take the lead as an engineer or planner and start implementing real, no-nonsense approaches to safer, more productive streets.
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.
Watch the recording from our latest webcast to learn why.
Are you working to make streets safer and more prosperous for residents in your town? Join a community of people who are pushing for these changes in towns across America.
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.
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.
(Top photo source: AHOC)