Road Diets can have serious unintended consequences.
People, businesses, and neighborhoods across the nation are being hurt by arterial “road diets,” when car lanes on major thoroughfares are removed and replaced with things like bike lanes, parklets, and parking. KeepTheUSMoving.com is a grass-roots, non-profit organization helping communities fight for better solutions that actually make streets safer for the pedestrians, cyclists and motorists who rely on them.
We have helped communities across the country stop arterial road diets instead fight for solutions that actually make their streets safer. If your community is considering a road diet and you think you’re not being told the whole story contact us. We can help.
If your community has — or is considering — installing a road diet, you’ve likely been told it will make the street safer and prettier and that businesses will thrive. What you won’t have heard about are the stories and studies showing the detrimental effects of traffic calming measures on main thoroughfares:
Road diet proponents make a lot of noise about safety when in truth, it’s all about money.
Highly-paid consulting firms make millions with their glossy presentations promising city councils “revitalized” neighborhoods. As businesses fail due to the impacts of a road diet, developers snap up land at a discount and forever change neighborhoods with high-density projects.
Look up the leading “transportation consultants” and you’ll see they are outspoken anti-car advocates. They show cities how to get federal funds for local streets projects — if plans are based on the “Living Streets” initiative and will reduce the use of cars. They don’t discuss the downsides of traffic calming and limit public input at community meetings through use of The Delphi Technique. You’re not crazy and it’s not a conspiracy theory. These meetings are designed to suppress feedback criticism and and drive attendees to believe there is widespread community support for what really are pre-determined ‘solutions’.
There are good reasons and good places to re-purpose lanes. However, according to the FHWA guidelines, road diets should not be installed on streets carrying more than 20,000 vehicles per day. When decision-makers flout those standards, the problems listed at left come into play, often with disastrous results. Cities that choose to install road diets on high-volume boulevards are inviting tragedy and expensive lawsuits.