Saturday, September 10, 2011

Road Diets = Economic Revitalization

The City of Orlando put Edgewater Drive in College Park on a road diet.  The City has seen substantial economic rewards, not to mention a sharp decrease in motorist crashes.  Rush hour travel time barely increased, or even decreased.  We should consider road diets as an economic revitalization tool in Pine Hills and other struggling areas built more for pass-by traffic than for nearby residents.  Dan Burden, formerly with the FDOT, gave a stellar presentation to the Winter Park Health Foundation last spring, highlighting example after example of economic rejuvenation following implementation of a road diet.  Here's a video featuring Dan released by the folks at