Major building development comes with a traffic study and these analyses come with extra burdens, such as extra congestion to existing highways and city roads and making the roads worse for pedestrians. Fast Company staffer Charlie Sorrel takes a look at why traffic studies tend to make things worse, for just about everyone.

Sorrel points out that these studies are done by engineers, who, he says, over-engineer and design huge intersections that never choke up which is great for the driver but drive Walkscores into the drink:

Instead of a relatively small, slow-flowing road that can be crossed, we end intersections with 130-foot crosswalks, discouraging pretty much anyone sane from trying it. This leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy—future traffic studies assume that all travel is car-based, resulting in more road systems that can only be navigated by car.

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