This briefing note discusses the road diet, an intervention that can mitigate the health impacts of motorized traffic on public roadways that carry through traffic. These roads are often quite dangerous and uncomfortable for the various users. The road diet consists of a reallocation of the space on these public roadways to accommodate uses other than motorized traffic.
The effectiveness of this intervention is considered "proven" by the Federal Highway Administration. It's also an intervention that is more and more commonly used, whether in urban, suburban or rural settings. In addition, its potential is very important because it may be relevant to all public roadways that are not used to full capacity - which is very common in North America.
In this text, the author defines road diets, shares some study results, and outlines some practical considerations for how to implement them.
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