Design speed has a profound effect on our communities. Impacting far more than just safety, design speed influences urban design, walkability, public health, and even traffic lights.
When engineers and policymakers decide a speed to design for, they are also pre-determining the character of the roadway, who it’s going to be built for, and who will be excluded.
We can all recognize a road that feels like it’s meant for fast or slow travel, but what are the actual design elements that create this environment?
The Bicycle Streets Beyond Europe series concludes with key takeaways for all communities.
Is Toronto’s Shaw Street a bicycle street? Let’s compare against the Dutch fietsstraat and find out.
Are Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways bicycle streets? Let’s compare against the Dutch fietsstraat and find out.