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Old 02-12-2014, 01:58 PM
Location: Oakland, CA
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Interesting take on expanding the definition of safe road design to include more modes of transportation: cars, bikes, and pedestrian.
Before We Build, We Should Review How a Project Will Affect Safety | Streetsblog USA

The Safety Impact Review that we propose would require projects meeting a certain financial or scale threshold such as public infrastructure and utilities, building development or redevelopment, and parks and public space projects to demonstrate impacts on bike and pedestrian safety and accessibility, measured against set metrics. The outcomes can be reviewed and impacts mitigated to maximize safety. By establishing clear thresholds for an SIR, we can ensure that it will not add undue time or expense to implementing smaller scale improvements like pedestrian islands or bike lanes in discrete urban environments. The SIR would be structured to encourage safe multi-modal mobility, with a specific focus on three desired outcomes:
  • Reduced likelihood of crashes and injury or death (pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and drivers)
  • Greater access to, and increased use of, streets and open space
  • Maximized access to light, public open space, ventilation, and recreation opportunities
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