I’ll take this a step further and say that if you have a significant number of these unsafe streets, you designed the entirety of your urban place wrong. How did we end up with so many of these strange, car-dependent things called “arterial roads” adjacent to homes and businesses? That’s a 20th-century placemaking fail of epic proportions.
Fred Kent, founder of Project for Public Spaces, has a great quote:
“If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get cars and traffic. If you plan for people and places, you get people and places.”
If you’re interested in hearing from a guy who knows a lot about the origin of sprawling, car-centric places, I recommend heading to Atlanta’s Manuel’s Tavern this Thursday night where author Ben Ross will be speaking.
Above graphic from Strong Towns