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Right-sizing is the process of reallocating a street’s space to better serve its full range of users. Right-sizing typically involves reduction of the number of lanes on a street in order to improve the safety and operations of the route for all users.

Existing excess capacity lanes are repurposed in various ways to support the full range of travel and safety needs within the corridor. Right-sizing is a recognized ‘best practice’ tool that is used to maintain roadway capacity while reducing high-risk speeding and enhancing pedestrian, cyclist and motorist safety. The goals of right-sizing include:

  • Increasing safety and access for all users
  • Encouraging walking, biking, and transit use
  • Supporting businesses and the local economy
  • Creating places that foster community livability

'Right-Sizing' Strategies

Right-sizing can take a variety of forms and must be sensitive to the context of and the vision of the local community. Right-sizing often involves some or all of the following elements:

  • Converting vehicle travel lanes to other uses
  • Narrowing vehicle lanes
  • Adding bicycle lanes
  • Improving pedestrian infrastructure
  • Changing parking configuration
  • Adding roundabouts and medians