Take the OTO Transportation Survey

The Ozarks Transportation Organization is gathering public input on transportation projects. Click here to take the survey.

Two disappointing things:

1. Many of the projects listed in the survey involve increasing capacity by widening roads. The problem: It doesn’t work. Increasing capacity does not ease congestion. This fact has been well established (although you can still find traffic professionals who say increasing capacity is OK as long as you do other things to encourage the use of other roads, or public transportation, or bicycling, or some other such thing — the obvious premise being that increasing capacity increases demand which increases congestion which then requires the “other things” … on and on it goes). So why is OTO asking about such projects? Well, politics often has little to do with reality. Giving people what they want is expedient. Here are the results of a quick Google search:

2. The survey asks about bicycle infrastructure but conflates trails and bicycle lanes. These are entirely different things. You can search Carbon Trace for details if you wish, but I am on the record opposing most types of bicycle lanes and promoting separate trails such as our Ozark Greenways. I was forced by this conflation to vote against bicycle infrastructure projects in this survey because I do not wish to accept the moral responsibility for playing any role, no matter how small, in creating dangerous bicycle lanes.

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Comments 4

  1. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Andy, pardon me if I missed it, but do you follow Chuck Marohn over at Strong Towns?

    Posted 19 Mar 2015 at 10:14 am
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    I have that site linked on CT. I check in about once a month. that doesn’t qualify as “following.” 😉 Anything in particular? I see there’s a #nonewroads thing going on.

    Posted 19 Mar 2015 at 10:31 am
  3. Khal Spencer wrote:

    Nothing mind-bending if you follow Chuck. Someone tried to jerk his CE license a month ago for rocking the boat too much. Interesting.


    Posted 19 Mar 2015 at 10:40 am
  4. Khal Spencer wrote:

    I suppose the analogy would be to academic freedom. We had to defend one of my colleagues at the U of Hawaii back in the 1990’s. He and his students wrote a paper or three on coastal zone management that pissed off some landowners and investors. They went after him. I was on the union board and we stormed into the President’s Office with our attorney. Put a stop to that real fast.

    Posted 19 Mar 2015 at 10:42 am