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What’s Your Intent? Pros & Cons Of One-way & Two-way Streets

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Peter Spaulding compiled this list of pros and cons of one-ways and two-ways with Traverse City’s State Street in mind. There may be other variables to consider, however, this is a pretty poignant list for any city to use when looking at their intentions for a place.

Traverse City’s Downtown Development Authority has held one meeting discussing a one-way to two-way street conversion for State Street. There wasn’t anyone vehemently opposed to the idea, however, it was cautioned that it could be a long, long process. As James’s piece earlier this morning suggests, sometimes opportunities simply present themselves unexpectedly (west Front construction?). It’s good to be ready.

If you’re interested in learning more about Traverse City’s potential for converting our one-ways to two-ways, contacting the city planner would be a good start –> Russ Soyring • rsoyring@ci.traverse-city.mi.us

  1. Brian
    February 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    It’s great to see another city willing to experiment with their roads. I wish that our City would be creative and take advantage of some low cost experiments during reconstruction (W Front) or before building new roads (BLA). I can now add State St to my ongoing list of traffic experiments: two-way traffic on State, 7th & 8th Streets, a road diet on 8th (between woodmere and cass) and signal changes at Union/Cass & 8th. All of these are experiments in making our City a better place to be a pedestrian and a driver. None of these ideas are permanent like a new road.

  2. Chris H
    February 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Personally, I am very, very in favor of two way streets over one way. This post has already listed the many reasons why.

    If the city had a concrete plan for an experimental or permanent switch of 7th, 8th, front and state streets to two-way, it may even be enough to make me pause on BLA to see it’s effect on city traffic.

  3. February 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    hi…you are so right! Here in the land of weirdness [Keep Portland Weird bumperstickers abound] we have tons of one way streets. I HATE THEM! You end up wasting energy driving (or riding) around to get to the right destination. I wish traffic engineers valued traffic calming…even here in Portlandia.

    See: http://www.hulu.com/watch/210889/portlandia-bike-rider#s-p2-sr-i0

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