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Old 01-31-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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Could changing the one-way streets downtown help improve traffic and street life?
The Case Against One-Way Streets - Commute - The Atlantic Cities
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consider a shift to two-way systems that ban left turns entirely
Banning left turns improves traffic flow, reduces congestion, and improves fuel mileage. This is something hometown UPS has been practicing for years. I think Spring, West Peachtree, Juniper, and Piedmont should all be converted to 2 way streets. If congestion gets bad, ban left turns, except at major intersections with protected turn lanes.
Street life will improve, since traffic isn't zooming by at 45 mph. Look at the street life on Peachtree, a slower street than the one-ways.
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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No. We have one-way streets to help with traffic leaving downtown.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:13 PM
 
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No. We have one-way streets to help with traffic leaving downtown.
But multiple 2 way streets would sever the same purpose.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:50 PM
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I think Spring, West Peachtree, Juniper, and Piedmont should all be converted to 2 way streets. If congestion gets bad, ban left turns, except at major intersections with protected turn lanes.
The problem with this is that most parking garage entrances are mid-block. Turning one-way streets into two-way would create a new group of people who need to make left turns.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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The problem with this is that most parking garage entrances are mid-block. Turning one-way streets into two-way would create a new group of people who need to make left turns.
Cut a block!
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:15 PM
 
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I like the one-way streets. Keep things the way they are
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:21 PM
 
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I like the one-way streets. Keep things the way they are
So you can speed away from downtown? Wide-open streets with fast traffic makes it tough to attract pedestrian traffic and street life.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:27 PM
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Cut a block!
What does that mean?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:28 PM
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So you can speed away from downtown? Wide-open streets with fast traffic makes it tough to attract pedestrian traffic and street life.
I thought you said the whole point was to reduce congestion?
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:48 PM
 
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I don't think having a bunch of cars idling at red light spitting out gas fumes will do much to improve pedestrian life, but maybe that's just me.

I'm not a civil engineer, but I do know anecdotally that converting Anderson, Simpson, and some of the other one way streets downtown into 2-way streets has been a logistical disaster that has made traffic much, much worse. When the roads were one way, getting stuck at a traffic light meant a 20-30 second delay. Now it means over a minute.

If anything, all the streets should be one way. Then left turns aren't even at issue since turning left on red from a one way to a one way is perfectly legal. Protected left turns are what make the lights take so much longer to sit through.
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