Peter Furth is a civil and environmental engineering professor at Northeastern University,
and co-author of a new report out from the Mineta Transportation Institute that looks at
how varying levels of "traffic stress" on different city streets can limit where people are
willing to ride.
Furth and his colleagues mapped out the different levels of stress on the streets of San Jose,
California, and they find that while many streets are calm enough for most riders, they're
sliced up by streets with high levels of stress. High-stress streets are measured as those
with high speed limits, limited or non-existent bike lanes and signage, and large distances
to cross at intersections.
Furth's maps show how high stress streets create islands of low-stress bikeability that are
But where do you feel are the very worst "high stress" sections of road in/near Princeton ?
My list would include:
- Cherry Valley Road (sections of it)
- Quaker Road (since it has no shoulder) between Province Line and Princeton Pike
- State Road (206 between Cherry Hill and Herrontown, over the ridge)
- the stretch of 206 (Lawrence Rd, Stony Brook bridge/dip, Quaker Road egress)
- the stretch of Harrison before/after it crosses Nassau/27 (road is narrow)
- any crossing of Route 1 (Harrison, Washington, Alexander, Scudders Mill inbound)
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