CityNerd on city values


At the risk of turning this blog into a stenography service for Not Just Bikes, CityNerd, and other urbanist channels, I thought this observation was poignant.

Stroad vs. Stroad: Land Use, Traffic Engineering, and What Happens When Suburban Arterials Intersect

There’s nothing about the design of these [massive] streets, or the intersections where they converge, that really convinces me that human health and safety are a high priority.

How a signalised intersection is designed and operates is really a statement of a city’s values. Or maybe even the values of wider US suburban culture.

If you have inhumanly large intersections with high-speeds and three minute cycle lengths [to wait as a pedestrian], it’s a clear indication your cities values personal motorised vehicle throughput above everything else.

Could apply to much of Australia too.

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