But since much of our recent work has stressed transportation design, and given our hometown’s current efforts to incorporate “complete streets” policy, this article from the Project for Public Spaces (PPS) definitely caught our eye.
“Exiting the ‘Forgiving Highway’ for the ‘Self Explaining Road’” begins a three-part series written by a Gary Toth, a 34-year veteran of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. In it, Mr. Toth compares the context-sensitive approach taken by Dutch agencies in designing transportation systems versus the “forgiving highway” ideology applied across-the-board in most US cities since the 1960′s. We’re all becoming familiar with the qualitative benefits good streetscape design can provide, but Mr. Toth’s coverage on lessons from the Netherlands, together with cited research from the Texas Transportation Institute, illustrates how designing all roadways primarily for cars may actually cost lives – up to 22,000 per year in the US.
Check out Mr. Toth’s PPS article here.