Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Oct 1, 2013

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

Two lanes become one in a road diet
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This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

It's supposed to make more room for bicycles and calm traffic, but some drivers do not find it calming at all.

The City of Ashland's experiment with a road diet on the town's main drag is now several months old, and the city is taking public comments on whether the diet should become a permanent thing. 

Travel lanes merge at the north end of Ashland's road diet
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