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Video: how to make walking safer by "daylighting" city intersections

Kaid Benfield

Posted January 8, 2010 in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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This great little video from Streetfilms concisely shows how we can make walking (and driving, too, for that matter) safer by clearing sightlines at intersections.  We can also grab a little extra space to add some pocket-sized amenities to the neighborhood, too.  Enjoy:

Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment.  For more posts, see his blog's home page.

 

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Randy A. SimesJan 8 2010 01:52 PM

I remember watching this video awhile back. It seems like an extraordinarily easy way to improve safety for pedestrians, but I would think that drivers would continue to pull up anyways just like many drivers pull up past the stop line now.

Additionally I bet this would be met with resistance from engineers claiming a loss of capacity would result and cause a less than desired traffic flow. Seems worthwhile, but at the same time may produce more resistance than it's worth.

Ben MartinJan 8 2010 04:42 PM

How about calling it Blinder Removal? You like taking the blinders off. Or how about Corner Clearing?

Tom ConlonJan 10 2010 08:12 PM

Alternatives to the misleading term "daylighting":
1. "View Curbs"
2. "Safe Curbs" or "Safe Zones"
3. "Green zones" (bike racks, benches, free wi-fi antennae, plantings, subterranean recycling bins, etc.)

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