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NJ Complete Streets Summit Keynote - Charles Marohn

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NJ Complete Streets Summit Keynote - Charles Marohn

  1. 1. New Jersey Complete Streets Summit October 21, 2013 #NJBikePed #STChat
  2. 2. The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model for growth that allows America's towns to become financially strong and resilient.
  3. 3. Complete Streets is a rational response to irrational thinking.
  4. 4. The second oldest profession?
  5. 5. Traffic Engineering A relatively new profession
  6. 6. Trial and Error
  7. 7. Forgiving Design • • • • • Widen lanes Flatten hills Smooth Curves Increase shoulders Add clear zone
  8. 8. The “standard”
  9. 9. Complete Streets is a rational response to irrational thinking.
  10. 10. Complete Streets accommodate pedestrians within an autodominated environment.
  11. 11. Everything has it’s place….
  12. 12. Resolve conflict with priority
  13. 13. What are the values we apply? Engineer’s Approach • Traffic Speed • Traffic Volume • Safety • Cost Public’s Approach • Safety • Cost • Traffic Volume • Traffic Speed
  14. 14. Engineers will gladly build Complete Streets…. ….because they can keep their value system.
  15. 15. Are we building a street or a road?
  16. 16. ROADS v. STREETS Why is this so important?
  17. 17. Building Roads
  18. 18. Diminishing Returns
  19. 19. Reduced Travel Time Growth
  20. 20. Negative ROI
  21. 21. Negative ROI
  22. 22. High Return Investments
  23. 23. $1,136,500 $803,200
  24. 24. High Return Investments Highway Oriented $0.6 million/acre Traditional Pattern $1.1 million/acre
  25. 25. It is not enough to accommodate pedestrians within an autodominated environment.
  26. 26. It is not enough to accommodate pedestrians within an autodominated environment. Productive Places accommodate automobiles within an environment dominated by people.
  27. 27. People create value
  28. 28. Shared Space
  29. 29. Shared Space
  30. 30. Productive Places – places scaled to humans – cost less to build and have greater financial returns than those built strictly for automobiles.
  31. 31. Safe Routes to School $200 million Schools on un-Safe Routes $9 billion
  32. 32. Now Available… www.StrongTowns.org www.StrongTowns.net
  33. 33. Deal Stopper
  34. 34. Swiss Firetrap?
  35. 35. Where are you more likely to die from a fire? fire fatality rate in the U.S. is 5x that of Switzerland. The U.S. approach emphasizes response time and suppression while the Swiss approach emphasizes prevention. The
  36. 36. A tragic irony Our wide streets allow us to quickly respond to the collisions caused by our wide streets.

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