'Road diet' seen as solution to safety, traffic on Columbia's Forum Boulevard | columbiamissourian.com

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It's referred to by traffic engineers as a "road diet," and it's being considered as a new way to address traffic congestion in Columbia.

The concept of a "road diet," which involves changes such as condensing four-lane roads to two lanes and adding bicycle lanes, is being considered for a quarter-mile stretch of Forum Boulevard from Woodrail Avenue to Green Meadows Road.

Road diets often refers to changing a four-lane road into a two-lane road with a shared middle lane and bicycle lanes on both sides. The term generally refers to any narrowing of a street intended to help with bicycle and pedestrian safety or reduce traffic congestion.

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Road Diets are a helpful for make streets and neighborhoods safer for walking, bicycling, and driving in many situations. Many roads and streets across Missouri are ripe for a Road Diet.