“Road Diets” now a proven safety measure…

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.


1 comment

  1. Iron_Man February 14, 2012 6:10 am 

    In my town they’ve converted some roads according to this thinking and it’s helped with congestion and cycling options. We had a few roads here (Springfield, MO) that were three lanes, two going one direction and one going the other. They scrapped the redundant lane and threw in a center turning lane. This discouraged cross town drivers from using those roads and also gave we cyclists more road options. When I feel like moving faster I take one of those roads now. The center turn lane gives cars the space to pass me, but since they are less congested I’m not being passed all that much. They’ve put in bike lanes on other roads to do much the same. Taking a four lane roadway down to two lanes with a center turn lane and bike lanes down each side. Drivers however were a little ticked by that one, and the bike lanes appeared to them to be incomplete since they “ended at ever traffic light.” I had to inform them that it’s not that the bike lane ends and starts, but that it’s safer for cyclists to settle into traffic at intersections, rather than remain off to the side. So the guy on a bike graphic out in the lane of traffic at the light is intentional for the sake of safety.

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