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Small town saves itself by NOT widening its Main Street

Hamburg, New York has US 62 for its Main Street. The State DOT was going to add a lane to it, remove parking and narrow sidewalks — but town residents had other ideas. Eventually they had the road “rebuilt to slow traffic and aid pedestrians. The changes have inspired business investment and civic activity.” Read […]

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Responding to traffic growth, Sioux Falls city planners say bigger roads aren’t the answer

Here’s a good example of transportation planning from Sioux Falls that reflects the current best practices for managing growth, maintaining safety, and accommodating a wide variety of people and modes of transport. From the Argus Leader: As the Sioux Falls metropolitan area expands toward 250,000 people, and traffic becomes more troublesome, planners say more and […]

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Road Diets are one of FHWA’s Proven Safety Countermeasures

Road Diets are one of Federal Highway Administration’s “Proven Safety Countermeasures.” This means our own Main Street’s reduction from 4 lanes to 3 is frequently encouraged by the FHWA and State DOTs for safety reasons. This is known as a “road diet.” From the FHWA’s safety website: The classic roadway reconfiguration, commonly referred to as […]

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AARP: Let’s put an end to streets that are “Dangerous by Design”

In 2011 a report called “Dangerous by Design: Solving the Epidemic of Preventable Pedestrian Deaths” was released by the AARP and Transportation for America. The AARP has made pedestrian deaths a point of concern because it is disproportionately older adults who are killed. Recognizing it is often poor street design that does not account for people […]

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Streets for people

The National Complete Streets Coalition explains: Streets are an important part of our cities and towns. They allow children to get to school and parents to get to work. They bring together neighbors and draw visitors to neighborhood stores. These streets ought to be designed for everyone – whether young or old, on foot or […]

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The Many Benefits of Street Trees

Trees have MANY useful benefits beyond the obvious enjoyment we have of their beauty and shade. Learn more: 22 Benefits of Urban Street Trees, by Dan Burden, Senior Urban Designer. Glatting Jackson and Walkable Communities, Inc; May, 2006 The Value of Street Trees in Portland, Oregon – USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, March 2008 […]

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Top Highway Safety Expert Says Lane Expansion “Will Increase Both the Number and Severity of Crashes on US-75.”

The following information was provided to Sioux Center Citizens for Responsible Growth by Tom Welch, an internationally recognized safety expert who was the head safety engineer of the Iowa DOT and the project manager on the nationally acclaimed “road diet” for Sioux Center, when Sioux Center reduced Main Street from 4 lanes to 3, reducing […]

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