Thursday, June 2, 2011

What I Have Been Saying

It is pretty clear, via FastCompany: Building More Roads Only Causes More Traffic
a study from the University of Toronto confirms it: Expanding highways and roads increases congestion by creating more demand

And in a related piece, in the 1960's Vancouver abandoned an idea to add a freeway to the downtown: The Vancouver That (Thankfully) Never Was
As a result, incoming traffic to the downtown core has dropped by approximately 20% over the past decade.

Another result is Vancouver has been ranked the most livable city in the world five years running.

So to summarize - more roads lead to more people driving which leads to a less livable city. Conversely, more people capacity leads to greater livability.