Counter-flow lanes: curbing the effects of one-way streets in Mexico City

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Dedicated “contra-flow” bus lanes on Calle des Balderas, seen looking south from the Avenida Juarez in Mexico City.

On a grid of mostly one-way roads with mixed traffic, so-called counterflow lanes created two-way bus service, helping pedestrians avoid walking roughly 1 km (0.62 miles) to other main arteries to take a bus in the opposite direction.

But a growing recognition of the dangers of such counterflow lanes is leading modern-day Mexico City to re-think the configuration.

Full article can be found here.

Maybe, just maybe, the city might instead decide to conduct an area-wide traffic analyze to look into the possibility of changing the direction of these large, one-way streets and turn them into two-way streets with full amenities, such as those found in Complete Streets policies.

Complete Streets is the name of a design concept that sees the street face as part of the urban fabric, not just as a “car sewer”. The goal of a complete streets system is to accommodate various modes of transportation while slowing down car traffic. These streets hark back to a time when the street face was for everyone, including walkers, joggers, cyclists, transit riders and car drivers.

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Phonehenge West creator jailed: When folk art and building codes collide – CSMonitor.com

The builder of a fantastical fortress in the Mojave Desert has been sentenced to jail for failing to pay for the demolition of his lifes work. Why art isnt sacred in the eyes of code enforcers.

via Phonehenge West creator jailed: When folk art and building codes collide – CSMonitor.com.

New Urbanism: Same Old Social Engineering : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education

New Urbanism’s tenets are simple: Suburban life undermines a sense of community. People spend too much time in their own private space and in their automobiles. Communities should be built at much higher densities. People should be able to walk from their homes to stores.They should be able to hop on a bus or a rail line rather than take their car. Every town should have a vibrant and hip central area, and there should be open space between towns. Cities should grow mostly within existing urban boundaries. Each urban area would have a core, with growth occurring in an orderly diameter around it. Neighborhoods should be diverse, ethnically and economically.

via New Urbanism: Same Old Social Engineering : The Freeman : Foundation for Economic Education.

Car smashes into Family Dollar store | WIVB.com

Car smashes into Family Dollar store | WIVB.com.

This is just one more reason to proactively support Smart urban design, such as placing parking lots at the back of the store rather than next to vulnerable plate glass windows. The only thing that should run along a glass storefront is a wide sidewalk. MOVE THE PARKING LOTS BEHIND THE STOREFRONTS.

I will write more on this topic as time permits.