Better Cities & Towns: The benefits of removing stop lights
In the 1990s, the City of Philadelphia removed 800 traffic lights. Traffic flow improved and accidents declined by 26 percent in these intersections.
Recently, Wayne State researchers recommended that Detroit remove 460 signals, or 30 percent of its total inventory. And that figure may underestimate removable signals, the researchers note.
For pedestrians, four-way stops are much better—because every automobile has to come to a complete stop and traffic is calmed.
For pedestrians, removing traffic signals also helps maintain their right-of-way. If one approaches a stop light and is unable to reach the beg-button before the light changes, the red hand tells pedetrains and motorists that the pedestrian is not allowed to cross, even if they are trying to cross with the green which they should be allowed to do by right. Even if the walk-light actuates, turning drivers interpret their green as their right-of-way and treat the pedestrian as secondary.
A non-signalized intersection gives pedestrians the right-of-way.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: One-way streets are failing their cities
In John Gilderbloom’s experience, the notorious streets are invariably the one-way streets. These are the streets lined with foreclosed homes and empty storefronts, the streets that look neglected and feel unsafe, the streets where you might find drug dealers at night.
“Sociologically, the way one-way streets work,” he says, “[is that] if there are two or more lanes, a person can just pull over and make a deal, while other traffic can easily pass them by.”
It’s also easier on a high-speed one-way road to keep an eye out for police or flee from the scene of a crime.
So all the streets that were made one way on Federal Hill to deter drug activity, actually made it worse? Thanks NIMBYs.
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