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Quote Icon "An important concept in highway design is that every project is unique. In order to do this, designers need flexibility. This guide illustrates the flexibility already available to designers within adopted State standards."
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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Quote Icon "[New Construction]: As its name implies, this action involves the construction of a new highway facility where nothing of its type currently exists."
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Flexibility in Highway Design
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Quote Icon "Average fire truck emergency response time is predicted to increase by 2 seconds in the traffic calmed area. This impact is considered too small to quantify."

from Traffic Calming Benefits, Costs and Equity Impacts
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Quote Icon "Bicyclists and pedestrians must be given due consideration in the planning process (including the development of both the plan and TIP [Transportation Improvement Project]) and that bicycle facilities and pedestrian walkways shall be considered,... more
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Quote Icon Cities with highest percentage of bicycle commuting: Minneapolis 2.62% Sacramento 2.59% Portland, OR 2.55% Tucson 2.22%

from Bicycle Commuting and Facilities in Major U.S. Cities: If You Build Them, Commuters Will Use Them
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Quote Icon "To view transportation corridors as catalysts for strengthening community life necessitates.... a more holistic approach, where highway engineers, transit operators, traffic engineers, residents, merchants, property owners, city agencies, planner,... more
Project for Public Spaces (PPS),
from How Transportation and Community Partnerships are Shaping America: Part I: Transit Stops and Stations,2000
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Quote Icon "CSS is not a program - its a philosophy - its the way we do business. When you get success, you know it. When you dont, you also know it."
John Njord, January 13, 2004 Info Tab Icon
Quote Icon "Estimated number of cyclists in the U.S. who bicycled to work at least once a week last year: 3.2 million. Percentage increase since 1985: 100"
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Quote Icon "For typical U.S. cities with a population more than 250,000, each additional mile of Class II bike lanes per square mile is associated with a roughly one percentage point increase in the share of workers commuting by bicycle."

from Bicycle Commuting and Facilities in Major U.S. Cities: If You Build Them, Commuters Will Use Them
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Quote Icon "If, instead of asking, What portion of trips involve only walking we ask, What portion of trips involve some walking most trips would be counted and walking would be recognized as a common and important mode."

from Economic Value of Walkability
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Quote Icon "It is believed pedestrian accidents most frequently occur in urban areas, yet 40% of pedestrian fatalities and 15% of injuries occur in nonurban areas. A more recent study, however, indicated a decrease in the number of rural pedestrian fatalities.... more

from Methods to Reduce Traffic Speed in High-Pedestrian Rural Areas
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Quote Icon "Its important to put together a transportation system that considers quality of life ... The bottom line is, we have the tools to do it - we just need to implement them."
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officals (AASHTO),
from Getting it Right in the Right of Way: Citizen Participation in Context-Sensitive Highway Design
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Quote Icon "Only 20% of [State Transportation Agencies] STAs indicated that the advent of context-sensitive design has increased the number of design exceptions they prepare ... Almost all STAs view design exceptions as a value-adding process. Simply having a... more

from Design Exception Practices: A Synthesis of Highway Practice
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Quote Icon "Despite the substantial social and technological changes that have occurred since the original speed synthesis was published [1982], vehicle speed remains an important public policy, engineering, and traffic safety issue. Speed is cited as the... more
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Synthesis of Safety Research Related to Speed and Speed Management
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Quote Icon "The analysis indicates that accident rates are approximately 18 times higher on a 48-foot width street compared with a 24-foot street."

from Traffic Calming Benefits, Costs and Equity Impacts
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Quote Icon "The CSD approach is current practice in several European countries, which use these roadway geometric design concepts and tools to address mobility, safety, and community issues."
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
from Design Flexibility,2001
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Quote Icon "The principal objective of speed limits is improved safety, but simply posting a speed limit does not guarantee the desired change in driving speeds or a reduction in crashes or crash severity."
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Quote Icon "Walkability is a tourist magnet. Tourists coming to Vermont to walk and bicycle in the scenic, human-scale towns and compact, pedestrian-friendly town centers have proved to be an economic boon. In 1992, an estimated 32,500 visiting cyclists spent... more
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Quote Icon "Walking and walkability provide a variety of benefits, including accessibility, consumer cost savings, public cost savings (reduced external costs), more efficient land use, community livability, improved fitness and public health, economic... more

from Economic Value of Walkability
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Quote Icon "With just a little bit of sensitivity, we can create assets instead of liabilities. When we do it right, the community will ask us to come back. If we dont, they never want to see us again."
John Njord, January 13, 2004 Info Tab Icon
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