Every year, there seems to be a new term that comes out of the blue and into our collective vocabulary. Although we are only a few days into 2011, we at CTC are ready to declare the new phrase for 2011; Road Diet.
Definition of Road Diet according to Great Street;
“Narrowing a roadway by reducing the number of lanes or lane width; a traffic calming strategy used to reduce vehicle speeds. Road diets are often conversions of four-lane undivided roads into three lanes (two through lanes and a center two-way left turn lane (TWLTL). The ROW of the fourth lane may be used for bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and/or on-street parking.”
Cities across the country are trying this, including Chicago, New York, Fort Worth and not surprisingly Minneapolis. Bike Walk Twin Cities in conjunction with the City of Minneapolis sponsored the most recent update on 10th Ave SE in the Dinkytown Area of Minneapolis, and currently have plans for several, other, areas. Check out their very nice video here.
As you can imagine, not everyone is happy with the slower, safer roads, why not? Well because it will increase traffic congestion of course!
What do you think? What additional roads in the Twin Cities are primed for a diet?