Tom Vanderbilt’s How We Drive blog recently posted some eye-opening photos of street makeovers in the English town of Ashford. Here’s the “before” image for one street:
And here’s the “after”:
In some areas the redesign incorporates “shared street” concepts, eliminating traffic lights and forcing all road users to keep an eye out for each other. According to an Evening Standard columnist (quoted in Vanderbilt’s post), the changeover has reduced the accident injury rate to zero and the elimination of signals has improved travel time for drivers.
Ashford has about 59,000 residents in 6.7 square miles, making it roughly similar in size and population to Bayonne, NJ (another comparison to cities with similar population: Ashford is denser than White Plains and less dense than Mount Vernon, NY).