Spokes & Soles

Hilary Reeves writes our "Spokes & Soles" column about biking and pedestrian issues around town. She's communications director for Bike Walk Twin Cities, an organization devoted to increase commuting by biking and walking.

Dec 29, 2014

Raise your hand if you’ve ever attended a public meeting about a road project and were confused by what you heard.

Communicating with transportation engineers can be frustrating. Engineers live in a world of technical jargon. They often speak with acronyms such as ADT (average daily traffic) or ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). With a little explanation, these terms can be understood, but what about words that seem to be plain English but have very different definitions to different people? It turns out that “safety” is one of those words.

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