During several discussions about making our streets safer, there has been resistance from Councilmembers that are trying to make similar arguments and outcry from local residents who worried the updates would lead to delays, despite evidence to the contrary.
Some local road projects designed to calm traffic and increase safety for all users have been met with a surprising amount of resistance. Worse, regional officials seem to be prioritizing voices of opposition over actual studies, and it’s keeping our communities unsafe.
Recently, two traffic calming proposals have come up on roads that are known to be dangerous, one in Alexandria and the other in Montgomery County. Both were nixed after an outcry from drivers who worried the updates would lead to delays, despite evidence to the contrary. What can these incidents tell us?