With the upcoming Glendale City Council meeting on January 31st to review road diet options, we’d like to start our first post by explaining what a road diet is and the benefits of including them in our community.
In the simplest terms, a road diet takes a multilane roadway, –typically two travel lanes in each direction, with parking on both sides–and replaces one travel lane on each direction with a center left turn lane and a bicycle lane on each side.Road diets help to increase the attractiveness of bicycling and walking in a given area and also increase the overall safety for all road users, including drivers. Studieshave found that road diets have helped reduce 19-47 percent of all auto related collisions (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/research/safety/10053/index.cfm) on streets where they have successfully been implemented.
A road diet was first proposed to City Council by the Traffic and Transportation staff onDecember 13, 2011 (Glendale News Press Coverage, we also live Tweeted it). It was proposed to install a test road diet on La Crescenta Avenue, between Honolulu and Canada Boulvard. The City Council directed staff to come back on January 31 with more options on which street to include a road diet on. The roadway selected DID meet all requirements for road diet implementation, but council members thought there are other more viable streets in which to test the city’s first road diet.
Check the video below which explains the concept of a road diet in more detail, and the references below that for well established reviews of the topic:
- Federal Highway Administration Summary Report
- Wikipedia Article
- Safe and Healthy Streets Blog Discussion
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
- Los Angeles Department of Transportation Discussion
- New Partners for Smart Growth Presentation
- Walkable Communities Report
- Parsons Brinckerhoff Presentation to ODOT
- Safe Routes to School Discussion
There will be another discussion on road diets in Glendale at the end of January, check the calendar for more information.