Book recommendation

I’ve just recently finished a book that I highly recommend that you read. It’s called “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time” by Jeff Speck.

It discusses parking, pedestrian safety, one-way Main Streets, biking, and more.

Much of it I think goes against traditional thinking and practices but he has research to back up his ideas.

Many of the issues discussed are applicable to us in Cortland as we look at ways to make downtown more vibrant and create a more welcoming corridor down Clinton Avenue.

Some of what I’ve learned so far:

  • One-way Main Streets are disastrous for downtowns
  • 4 way stops are better than traffic lights
  • The safest street is the one that is perceived as the most dangerous
  • Narrower, not wider, streets are safer streets
  • What makes sidewalks safe is not their width but whether it is protected by a line of parked cars
  • Separated bike lanes which would have cars parallel parked between the bicycle lane and the roadway are safer than bicycle lanes up against car doors

Lots of interesting material.

Jan

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