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Remove Centerlines on Neighborhood Streets

When a street loses its centerline, speeds drop approximately 7 mph
  • Jeff Speck
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Abstract

HERE’S A USEFUL LITTLE ITEM. Our friends at the Ministry of Silly Driving (a.k.a. Transport for London) had been suspicious for some time that streets might be safer without a center stripe. The City had already enacted in 2009 a “Better Streets” policy that embraced the Dutch concept of Naked Streets (see Rule 77), and engineers in the department were hopeful that a “less is more” approach might apply to centerlines as well. Holding to the initially counterintuitive logic of Naked Streets, these engineers expected that centerlines are one of many road markings that can make drivers feel more confident, causing them to speed as a result.

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