Sidewalk Substitutes Keep Pedestrians On Street Level

Thought it may seem attractive, sidewalk substitutes such as overpasses should not be considered  a  viable  alternative  to an at grade sidewalk. Rather than protecting pedestrians from heavy traffic, they simply remove them entirely, allowing drivers to continue at high speeds, increasing the danger to pedestrians. Elevated crossings also weaken adjacent retail possibilities by making it difficult for foot traffic to access them easily. Rather than isolating pedestrians, a more effective street with active pedestrian use would be designed for slower vehicular speeds, and breaks in traffic flow to allow pedestrians to safely cross.

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