Road diets: designing a safer Open offices are overrated 5 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

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Open offices are overrated Road diets: designing a safer 5 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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