12 Ways to Slow Down Traffic in a Car-Oriented City

For a long time now, the purpose of roads was to get people in cars to their destination as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is why we have highways , they’re all about moving cars long distances at a fast rate. But recently, cities have started reclaiming roads as places for pedestrians, cyclists as well as vehicles. But this has meant slowing down cars to accommodate slower modes of transportation. The arterial roads in Phoenix, for example, are on average about the size of highways in other parts of the country and the world. Sometimes an arterial in Phoenix is 7 lanes wide, with three lanes going either way and a middle turn lane. This ample room for cars ensures that cars move along the roads very fast. Sounds good right? Well, not if you want your city to be people-oriented instead of car-oriented. A car-oriented city is focused getting cars from point A to ...

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