Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Open House and Survey Commences on Cordon Kuebler Study

The County's published the first survey and open house for the Cordon-Kuebler Corridor Study, and it's a little awkward.

It's a map and as I used it, I first went to the pushpins on the top navigation. It's really structured around an atomic notion of discrete hotspots that require attention.

The survey is a map

It also requires agreeing with "terms and conditions," but they didn't display them. Who knows what you might be agreeing to, and what level of privacy this offers. It is, after all, a third party website. These seem to offer new modes of engagement and ways to gather and analyze information, but they also represent leaky privacy.

The Terms and Conditions are not "set out below"

The survey itself was concealed a little in what looked like a map legend on the left side navigation in green.

No. 4 is pretty autoist

Some of the questions are more-or-less mode neutral, but some of them seem biased for car travel.

A "strong and fearless" rider

Most people (not the small proportion of "strong and fearless" types) who bike will answer to question three, "the whole corridor." The problems here are not a series of discrete hotspots!

And to question four, many would say "I try to avoid the whole corridor because you prioritize high speed car travel and it is very uncomfortable, even dangerous."

There's a real selection bias here: "All ages and abilities" users will have no personal experience with the road. Only "strong and fearless" or desperate users will have personal experience and be able to comment.

The whole frame assumes the value of a four-lane 55mph access-controlled parkway (in the Strong Towns typology, this is a road, and not a stroad or street) on the edge of town. But increasing development will trend to stroad characteristics, and we should have questions about any 55mph urban environment except for the Interstate.

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