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Rewriting Our Nation’s Deadly Traffic Manual: WORTH KNOWING WEDNESDAYS


"The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways- A Federal Highway Administration technical document contains over eight hundred pages of engineering guidance on everything from traffic-light placement to the font of highway signs. It also establishes acceptable methods for officials to modify speed limits.

Some of the Manual’s provisions have far-reaching, even deadly, consequences. They prioritize vehicular speed over public safety, mobility over other uses of public space, and driving over other modes of mobility. With these car-centric priorities, the Manual has helped generate a nearly constant and fast-moving stream of vehicle traffic that renders road users like pedestrians, wheelchair users, and cyclists vulnerable. Could it be different?"


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