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Roadscapes Wednesday: The Ugly, Dangerous, And Inefficient Stroads Found All Over The US & Canada

Welcome to Roadscapes Wednesday, each week this post will talk about roads and infrastructure related topics.  I am called the “road geek” for a good reason, I love roads and love talking about roads!

Stroads are streets that are designed like roads and in doing so, fail at being good at either one. They are too sprawling and hostile to be good streets, and they are too busy and complicated to be good roads. Stroads are inefficient, unsafe, expensive, and ugly.

This video from YouTube channel Not Just Bikes introduces the concept of Stroads, and talks about why you will (almost) never find these kind of places in the Netherlands: because here all roads need to have a single purpose as either a motorway, connector road, or end-destination street.

The name “stroad” was invented by Strong Towns as a way to explain why road design in the US is fundamentally broken.

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