19 Apr '11, 12pm

A dog's-eye view of what makes a walkable neighborhood

On the east side (photo just below) is where things get a bit hairy. The one-way road is made up of three poorly delineated, oversized travel lanes which encourage vehicle speeds that are ill-suited for this transit-serving environment. Despite high pedestrian traffic volumes and a clearly marked pedestrian crosswalk connecting the transit stop to the adjacent mixed-use development, drivers respond to the physical configuration of the street and drive too fast through what should be a highly walkable area. (According to Hall, vehicle speed is directly related to the casualty rate associated with vehicle/pedestrian accidents). Crossing the street (even at the crosswalk) is a nightmare; I frequently have to communicate with traffic to get across and to help others who are stranded on one side or another. While I internalize the emotions that the road evokes, Shea wears her e...

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