US road design is based on the principle of “forgiving roads,” which clear out trees and straighten curves to minimize the chance motorists hit something when they veer off the road but also encourage faster driving. The Dutch used “forgiving roads” outside urban areas, but a different philosophy, “self-explaining roads,” to promote shared uses and safety, in cities. (PPS)
The Gazette discusses ACT’s suggested transit alternative to widening I-270. Councilmember George Leventhal pooh-poohs alternatives, saying that the Council’s job is to “make it easy for [people] … to drive.” They shouldn’t make it harder, but when you’re talking $4 billion, it’s reasonable to ask if it’s better to make other things easy instead. Mike Knapp, meanwhile, appears not to have read the plan, since he thinks it extends the Red Line underground through Gaithersburg instead of in a freeway median.
More progress at 15th and W
DDOT has continued its improvements at the intersection of 15th and W, NW. The west side of the intersection now has new, permanent curbs, says reader Steve. Update: Sorry for leaving out the quadrant originally.
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