“The goal is to open up the streets for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, brisk, arms-akimbo walker or rolling wheelchair user, dedicated bus rider, streetcar jumper or humble shopkeeper. “

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Nemo, knowing that it is my day to post something to the blog, pointed me toward the Casey Coston piece in Soapbox (part one, part two) about the Complete Streets movement (see old timey complete street photo above), and the many ways in which its ideas could benefit Cincinnati.  The Mercantile is mentioned, as is a Complete Streets event we hosted a while back.

I have a question, though, that, not having a horse in the race, I ask out of pure ignorance: Why are two way streets more “complete” than one way streets?  How is it that one way streets “literally ‘destroyed’ Walnut Hills and the Peebles Corner neighborhood” as Roxanne Qualls claims?

-Norm De Plume

Published in: on July 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. One of the basic arguments is “traffic calming” and making the streets more, as opposed to less, welcome to pedestrians. One-way streets are extremely effective at rapidly moving high volumes of vehicular traffic. One-way patterns can also make it more difficult to travel within a downtown and are not as user friendly to visitors or pedestrians. The relatively high speed and one-way street patterns that result contribute to an unfriendly pedestrian environment and frequently unsafe driving conditions due to excess speeds.

    In and of itself, two-way operation is not the “be all end all” of the complete streets theory. In addition to the “calming” element, two-way is deemed by the many to be essential for promoting new development, especially retail, that people would want and need to walk to. (Basically, two-way doubles a store’s exposure to either walk-up or drive-by traffic.)

  2. Makes sense. Thanks, Casey.


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