Video Vancouver: Residential streets are too wide. Here’s why.

Video Vancouver

Via City Beautiful:

In many places in the United States, residential streets were as wide as busy city streets. I understand why urban streets might need to be wide — parking, buses, traffic, and bike lanes all need the room. But why do quiet residential streets need to be so wide? Why do they need parking when all of the houses on the streets have garages and driveways? Why do they need wide lanes when most of the traffic is just cars and minivans? Why are we building residential streets as wide as big city streets?

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  1. The excuse that is always raised in my municipality for wide streets is that firetrucks need to get through (quickly) even if there were in fact cars parked on both sides of the street. Of course we may wonder why our typical fire truck is the size of a small house. That isn’t the case around the world.
    It may be untrue, but I heard that in the Netherlands the bike lanes can provide an emergency alternative for firetrucks when streets are jammed. That says a lot about the width of firetrucks and bike lanes.

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