Fire Departments and Road Design

Really we need a firewall between the fire department and public works.

http://www.citylab.com/politics/2014/05/fire-departments-are-standing-in-the-way-of-good-street-design/371200/

Wider roads are less safe for all road users and particularly for pedestrians. The wider a road is, the faster the traffic. The faster the traffic, the more accidents will occur and the more severe those accidents will be. Wider roads create longer crossing distances for pedestrians, the impacts of which are felt particularly by seniors and people with small children or mobility challenges.

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  1. We live close to Civic Center Drive at 11th Avenue. That street is far too wide to cross on foot. (Or on bike?) The streets by the new People’s Coop are just the right width to be comfortably crossed. Islands help, but they aren’t a complete answer. If we want a livable city, it *must* be navigable by foot.

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