Road diets: designing a safer Open offices are overrated 8 months ago   05:15

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Reconfigure the lanes and the traffic will calm.

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Over the course of the 20th century, the car became America’s dominant mode of transportation. As vehicle miles travelled soared well past the rate of population growth, demands on the roadway surged. Congestion became a major issue. So transportation planners made the roads wider and added traffic lanes.

Today, we now know that bigger roads and extra traffic lanes do nothing to solve congestion. In fact, it tends to induce even more traffic. So we didn’t fix the congestion issues, and on top of that, we built wide roads that are relatively unsafe.

Transportation planners in the 21st century recognized that many of the roads that were overbuilt could be redesigned to calm speeding and add space for newer multimodal transportation options. And thus, the road diet was born.

The video above explains why road diets are implemented, and how planners survey the feasibility of a lane reconfiguration. You can learn more about road diets with the following resources:


https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/10053/10053.pdf

https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/guidance/info_guide/rdig.pdf

https://nacto.org/docs/usdg/conversion_of_four_lane_undivided_urban_roadways.pdf

Comments 1271 Comments

42luke roblox
Bike lanes are such a waste of space. Before I continue, I do ride a bike a lot and I do care about bicyclists. But removing a lane of traffic for a bike lane is unecessary. I just stay to the right and cars pass me on left. The only bike lanes that are good are the narrow ones like 2 feet long that don’t obstruct trafficz
42luke roblox
I don’t believe in road diets. It causes you to be trapped in one lane. With two lanes and common sense. You know to get outer the left lane if someonehas left signal on. Then you turn to right lane and pass and then turn left back.
Salomon Quijada
The whole point of road diets is to fustrate drivers into not driving.
James Collins
Safer by congestion not safer
Henderson Johnson
Highway 78 in Atlanta Stone Mountain has that turning lane and crashes was terrible. The partitioned the turning lane and solved the problem.
TROXXOS
drivers "bike lane? no, it's a parking lot"
Mistacole
"The road diet can reduce travel speeds by around 7 MPH" Is that supposed to be a selling point? Yes! I would like to travel even slower!
David Zhao
good idea on paper, but terrible when executed
Johnny Torres
Pls more traffic. Get out the way...more cars on the road everyday. Faster cars made so increase the highway speed autobahn .
Jasmin Mis
Make thouse roads in croatia,and in cities skylines,we need them there the most.
Viraan
When you forget the netherlands has one of the best roads in the world
Flaming Mad
*The road diet perfectly fits a Minecraft 4 lane road.*
Sam S
You removed a lane of traffic. It's obviously worse now.
Catra Adi
Is the road diet has capacity limit for the cars or it can fully optimized within certain volume of cars, the only it can works is in develop country where the volume of cars is ideal, in the most developed country with had more volume i dont think this road can work
Danny Klee
This is a way to increase traffic in Los Angeles and try to force people into high rise buildings and use mostly public transportation. They were not thinking about safety.

I am not giving up my suburban life with a wife, two kids, two cars, a dog and a big green lawn!
montork
There are never enough bike spaces
Bikes are freedom.
Me
I’m not sure about reducing the amount of lanes where I live, but if they want to get rid of concrete or grassy medians and replace them with usable turn lanes, I’m all for that!
Michael Lynch
Three lane highways=deadly head-on collisions
Cao Tuan Vo
It isn't about the lines. It's about Americans not knowing how to drive. Educate them properly
Anthenor Jr
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Open offices are overrated Road diets: designing a safer 8 months ago   06:31

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If you work in an office, there's a good chance it's an open one. How did we get here? And why is it so bad?

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Open offices have been around a surprisingly long time. But they're relatively misunderstood for their role in workplace culture. Where did open offices and cubicles come from, and are they really what we want?

This episode of Overrated explores the history, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Herman Miller, and other key figures in the office design movement. Our workplaces haven't always been this way — this is how we got here.

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