Dr. Findley Discusses the Effect of Lane Width on Safety

Dr. Daniel Findley was interviewed by Raleigh local news station WRAL to speak as an expert on the effect of lane width on safety. Dr. Findley addressed the issue of lane width and spoke about the theory that narrow lanes may change driver behavior, encouraging drivers to slow down and focus on the driving task, which may result in improved safety.  The perception of lane widths has interesting policy implications, as it impacts the amount of traffic and the modes of transportation that a road can manage – urban areas in particular have limited right-of-way width that must be allocated amongst a variety of modes.  For instance, narrowing vehicular lanes can allow for more lanes of travel or can make space for bike lanes, a shared use path, a bus lane, or other modal facilities.