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We spotted this over at the League of American Bicyclists blog and thought it would be worth sharing with you:

In January, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety placed Road Diets on the official list of Proven Safety Countermeasures. States are actively encouraged to use the listed safety countermeasures and FHWA provides guidance on their application. Road Diets slow traffic by reducing car travel lanes and replacing them with things like bike lanes and center turn lanes.

In the full article, the LAB talks with Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Safety Tony Furst, where Mr. Furst discusses some of the procedures of getting road diets on the Safety Countermeasures list and the ramifications for road users. It’s worth a read…take a look for yourself.