Another ‘road diet’ is planned for Pasadena, CA, this time on Cordova Street

Pasadena officials may have dropped plans to put Orange Grove Boulevard on a so-called “road diet,” but that doesn’t mean the city is abandoning the philosophy that planners say is a key tool in Pasadena’s transportation future.

Roads go on a “diet” when the lanes for vehicular traffic are reduced in number and/or size to accommodate other modes of transportation. The goal is for older streets to become what planners would want of new development, what they call “complete streets” that more equitably consider the movement and safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists.