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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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How State DOTs Can Help Revitalize a Town’s Main Street

In 2010 the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) published a report called The Road to Livability: How State Departments of Transportation are Using Road Investments to Improve Community Livability How do DOTs do this? Often by reducing lanes on Main Streets that are also State Highways, and constructing traffic-claming, pedestrian and […]

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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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Iowa DOT Traffic and Crash Data for Sioux Center

Check the sources yourself! Long-term DOT data shows Sioux Center traffic has grown very little over the years, but US 75/Main St. in the central downtown area is a high risk area for accidents. Safety became much worse when it was 4 lanes, and when it reduced to 3 lanes  safety improved enormously. This is […]

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The important difference between a street and a road

In this TED talk Minnesotan and executive director of Strong Towns Chuck Marohn explains the difference between a road, which is a connection to two place and a street, which is a network of activity. Too often they have been melded together in a hybrid monster Marohn calls a “Stroad.” He stresses the importance of returning proper roads […]

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What is “Livability?”

The Federal Highway Administration says: Livability is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safer streets and roads. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) supports livable communities through funding transportation related projects and sponsoring activities like Context Sensitive Solutions and […]

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