The main idea from this guide is to begin making permanent changes by implementing temporary or demonstrative ones first. Because, let’s be honest, no one can reinvent an entire traffic planning and engineering team overnight. A more realistic approach is to foster incremental changes and find the paths of least resistance—and that’s exactly what this guide will help you do.
To start, pick your dangerous street, state your objective, and lay out plans for how it could be better constructed. Next, bring in cones, barrels, signs, and other temporary traffic control devices to reshape the area. Don’t expect it to be perfect, make sure to monitor and access the results. Is traffic moving slower? Is it a shorter distance for pedestrians to cross the street? Once you’ve collected the data for your objectives, it’s time to start making moves toward a permanent solution. This last step will, admittedly, take more than 24 hours (unless you know a magical elf who can pop in and construct a new street with the snap of a finger). But now you’ll have some real data and evidence to convince your city why this street should be redesigned and just how simple it really can be
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