Cedar Rapids Talks About Future of City Streets
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The City of Cedar Rapids is taking another step in the process of fixing-up city streets. City council members are working to draft a streets plan, as they look towards the future.Part of that includes considering turning one-way roads downtown to two-way roads and removing some traffic lights. Council members are also discussing the need for more bike lanes and pedestrian friendly paths.
Cedar Rapids is working with an urban planning and consulting firm based in Washington D.C. Tuesday's meeting looked at how our streets are actually designed.
"The typical downtown street is labeled for 30 miles-an-hour, but most people drive 40 miles-an-hour because the engineering of that street tells you to go faster, so part of it is having street design standards that match the speed limits we want to see on those streets," Jeff Speck of Speck & Associates said.
People at the meeting discussed everything from the importance of trees along streets to how to get drivers more accustomed to bicyclists.The city hopes to have a plan ready for council consideration by April of 2014.
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