Feature of some of my work in LEO Weekly:
Two-Way Streets Make Better Cities
Who says two-way streets are better than one-way streets for cities?
UofL urban and public affairs professor John “Hans” Gilderbloom and William Riggs of the University of San Francisco say they can be. They based their conclusion on a study of what happened to two one-way streets, Brook and First streets, in Old Louisville after they were made into two-way streets. They found that Brook and First had fewer collisions, less crime and higher property valuations than did parallel streets, Second and Third, that remained one way.
Riggs told The Washington Post in 2015: “What we’re doing when we put one-way streets there is we’re over-engineering automobility at the expense of people who want a more livable environment.”
They also did a citywide analysis used Census tracts to compare multi-lane, one-way streets to those without them.
“Our results show a higher incidence of collisions and injuries on multi-lane streets than on their two-way counterparts — for motorists, bikes and pedestrians,” they wrote in their study. “This research supports expanded thinking about one- to two-way street conversion as a method to improve safety, connectivity, community and sustainability.”