ARE BOULEVARDS UNSAFE?

The type of boulevard considered is the multiple roadway boulevard. Designed to separate through traffic from local traffic, it consists of a central roadway at least four lanes wide, for generally fast and non-local traffic, separated from access lanes and walkways by medians that are generally lined with trees. This classic type of boulevard creates complicated and difficult intersections that are often held to be dangerous. And yet, this street type directly addresses the functional problems posed by different types of movement and access on major urban streets. The study objective was to analyze the safety of boulevards compared to normal streets. It was found that most boulevards in the United States are as safe as ordinary streets of comparable size and function. Another finding was that, on the whole, boulevards carry as much if not more traffic per through lane as comparable normal streets. This article concludes with observations about why and where boulevards work.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • ITS Review, November 1995/February 1996, Vol. 19, Nos. 1 and 2.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Institute of Transportation Studies Library
    Berkeley, CA  United States  94720
  • Authors:
    • Jacobs, A B
    • Rofe, Y Y
    • Macdonald, E S
  • Publication Date: 1996-2

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724857
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 099
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1996 12:00AM