Originally Posted by squeezied
Would this automatically discredit the findings?
Exactly, sucks that out local neighbourhood streets have to pick up the slack, really pedestrian friendly there!
Again, I hate extremes, and Vancouver is at an extreme when it comes to highways.
American style "pave a highway through anything and anywhere" mentality is one extreme, and Vancouver's "any form of high capacity road anywhere for any reason is bad" mentality is the other extreme.
A healthy city, such as all the cities I have been lived / visited in Europe and Asia have found a nice middle ground here.
Essentially, they have max 6 lane (usually only 4) free flow 60km to 80km hour tolled expressways running through the urban areas, but not plowing through them akin to American freeways, coming within a km or 2 to down town (if not directly into downtown). At the same time, all the local streets are made extremely difficult to drive (lots of traffic calming), therefore making a best of both worlds situation. Transit use is high, commercial / industrial traffic is kept off local streets, when needed one can access free flow routes, trying to cheat a jam on the expressway is pointless because the local streets are so pedestrian / transit orientated that it would not save any time, etc...