Buena Vista’s Hwy 24 Needs a Road Diet

by on March 15, 2012 » Add the second comment.

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Buena Vista could handle Highway 24 similiarly as nearby Leadville

“A road diet is one of the most cost-efficient ways to improve a roadway. You can do a mile of roadway for about $50,000, which is the cost of one sidewalk bulb-out, or to compare, a traffic signal could cost $300,000 or $400,000
-Mike Sallaberry, Transportation Engineer, San Francisco MTA

“A road diet is anytime you take any lane out of a road,” says traffic calming expert Dan Burden in this excellent StreetFilms video. We think Buena Vista’s Highway 24 needs a road diet. Watch this short and excellent video to learn more about what that looks like.

Moving Beyond the Automobile: Road Diets from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

Here are a few reasons why we’re asking you, this citizens of Buena Vista, to advocate for a road diet for Highway 24:

1) It’s safer for pedestrians, bikers and drivers alike. “Now the prudent driver is setting the speed, and not the imprudent driver. And pedestrians have less distance to cross.”

2) It’s cheaper, as you can see from the opening quote

3) It’s better for business. “We’ve reallocated the space in the street to accommodate those that live here, work here, that buy things here, rather than privileging those that would just drive through here fast”
-Charles Gandy, Mobility Coordinator, City of Long Beach, CA

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joe
April 10, 2012
9:01 pm

Not a bad idea for main street, but not Hwy 24. Many people drive 24 to get to other places. Just because you slow people down through your town does not mean they will stop and buy anything. You will find an increase in drivers tail gating and thus increase in accidents. It will be a waste of money and time for the great town of Buena Vista to have a “Road Diet” for Hwy 24.

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