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Old 02-18-2014, 01:49 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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One ways increase car speed which in turn reduces pedestrian safety and overall walk-ability.
Link to credible source, ie, not "Atlantic Cities" or that Austin blogger.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:09 PM
 
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Next time I'll be more graphic, then.


1) More space for bicycle lanes and parking
2) Safer pedestrian crossings
3) Eased congestion
4) Reduced accidents

The only people who seem to believe that two-way streets are safer are armchair bloggers; traffic engineers and city planners believe the opposite.
You are certainly right about traffic engineers, but I'm not so sure about city planners.

I will continue discussing one-way streets in the recently revived one-way street thread.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:59 PM
 
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Link to credible source, ie, not "Atlantic Cities" or that Austin blogger.
Which part are you doubting: That one-ways increase car speed? Or that car speed deceases pedestrian safety and thus walk-ability?

Also, how is this on topic again? Are one-way streets really going to fix Atlanta's issues with the ice storm two weeks ago? No. One-way streets are not the answer to sprawl.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:05 PM
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Which part are you doubting: That one-ways increase car speed? Or that car speed deceases pedestrian safety and thus walk-ability?
That one-ways increase car speed. Most one way streets I'm familiar with are in downtown areas (Denver, etc) and have lots of traffic and traffic lights.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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A zillion things can be done.

1. When find yourself in a hole -stop digging. No more belt ways, complete moratorium on annexations into
Rational policy is put in place.

2. Zoning has to change everywhere, immediately. Introduce mixed-use neighborhoods; upzone upzone upzone. Replace Euclidean zoning with form-based code. Build densisty from the core out.

4. If Atlanta is like most US cities it has developed a ton of regs over the years that make development in the core a huge obstacle. Strip these away. The great cities in the world developed without the. They do more harm than good.

3. Reconfigure streets to be complex, multi-modal and friendly to uses other than cars.

4. Rediscover the grid. Look at every available opportunity to re-stitch the grid together.

6. Turn the one-way streets into two-way streets.

5. Atlanta likely has a master plan, but it's likely decades out of date. Put together a new one, base it on cities that are doing the right things.

6. Fire the transportation department. Every last person. They will be the biggest impediment to change going forward.

7. Reinvest transportation dollars away from big roads projects. Do little road diets, bike lanes, cycle tracks, all over the central core.

8. After they've done the above - consider making large investments into high capacity transit.

9. Tell every developer of very new greenfield site that not one acre of their land will ever be annexed, nor city services extended to their residents unless: the site is built to a grid and well connected to surrounding communities, and access points provided for connections to future communities, and that developer must develop densely enough that he can demonstrate to the satisfaction of a neutral third party that the tax revenue generated will be sufficient to cover all future infrastructure maintenance costs past the first life cycle.


That's just a brief start
Great post, and thanks for sharing. They HAVE to do something.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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So, will this new Atlanta Streetcar thing help? Or will it be negligible?
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