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OK, they’re not banned outright, but the new VDOT Secondary Street Acceptance Requirements strongly discourage new cul de sacs in Virginia.
Cul de sac neighborhoods are themselves the greatest obstacle to biking and walking. Nearby destinations are a “can’t get there from here” proposition: every trip involves busy arterial roads, usually with no bike lanes, shoulders, or sidewalks.
Where cul de sacs already exist, cut-throughs can make neighborhoods a lot more bike and pedestrian friendly. We can push for these in our own communities.
But most importantly, we need to make sure that our builders, and our local governments, know that cul de sacs are no longer allowed.
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