Tim Doulin has brought up an issue on his blog that’s been talked about off and on for the last few years… the conversion of Summit and Fourth Streets from one-way into two-way streets. The pros and cons of one-way and two-way traffic are pretty widespread, so to save myself some typing, I’ll just point you to this link if you want to read more about the basics of this topic.
So, with that said, what do you all think of this type of traffic conversion? It is something that the City of Columbus might want to at least re-evaluate as traffic patterns and urban regrowth have changed the landscape of these roadways since they were converted into one-ways?
One-way or another
Posted by Tim Doulin on October 4, 2007
Pedestrians vs. cars? Cars almost always win.
Converting Summit and 4th streets north of Downtown to two-way streets is evidently open to discussion as the city prepares a “mobility plan” for that area. The streets were originally two-way but have been one-way since the 1950s.
For commuters who wish to avoid the freeways, Summit is a popular route into Downtown because the one-way traffic usually flows quickly. Ditto for commuters who use 4th Street to flee Downtown.
I occasionally use the routes on my treks between home and work. But residents in the area have safety concerns, especially for the kids who play and attend schools along that stretch and sometimes have to cross those busy streets. They say vehicles travel way too fast on the one-way streets and believe two-way streets would slow traffic and make it safer.
What do you think?