Friday, September 09, 2016

Padgett don't mind: "Streets That Encourage Speeding Are Streets That Encourage Drag Racing."

Upon seeing the article's reference to "lanes as wide as 16 feet," Padgett's management had a company-wide monstrous-wide-load-trucking orgasm. After all, size matters when it comes to industrial quality of life.

Meanwhile, folks on Elm, Spring and Market shook their heads and sighed, but that's okay, because Mayor Gahan's going to save us ... some day.

ON THE AVENUES: Complete ventriloquism, or the stagecraft of "throwing" your two-way streets.

Streets That Encourage Speeding Are Streets That Encourage Drag Racing, by David Sachs (Streetsblog)

An unidentified 17-year-old kid without a drivers license killed Nicholas Richling, 26, because he wanted to drive as fast as possible — faster than his drag-racing opponent — on Alameda Boulevard on Sunday evening.

Afterward, Denver PD Sgt. Mike Farr, a crash investigator, pointed to a street design that encourages speeding. “Alameda is a straight shot, a fairly wide boulevard,” Farr told the Denver Post. “These spots exist all over the city.”

Yes, they do. In 2014 David Felan killed 26-year-old Rachel Neiman and injured seven people on Federal Boulevard, a notorious street for drag racing. Alameda and Federal (both urban streets that double as state highways) have incredibly wide lanes — often 12 feet wide, sometimes roomier. Federal has lanes as wide as 16 feet, an alarming width for an urban street ...

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