“Someone Shrunk the Fire Truck” – San Francisco’s Response to Curving Streets and Vision Zero

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In designing streets for all users and throating down vehicular traffic people often ask if emergency vehicles and fire trucks can navigate the newly designed spaces easily and quickly. There are approved geometric design guides, as well as software programs to ensure that these vehicles can manoeuvre more constricted spaces easily. And now all fire trucks don’t need to be built to the old specifications either. This story from Streetsblog describes Fire Engine 13 in San Francisco’s Financial District that is “narrower, not as long, and has a better turning radius,” said San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “It’s a beautiful piece of equipment.”

EIght new fire engines in San Francisco are ten inches shorter than the standard older trucks and can make a u-turn in 25 feet. The shorter design enables the engine to manoeuver San Francisco’s curving streets. The engines also include on board cameras to…

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Published by Sandy James Planner

Vancouverite! City planner, writer, former master gardener, perpetual public space champion. I'm interested in pace, space and place. Micromobility and accessibility, best environments for free range kids. She/her. Dogs. I really walk a lot. Editor~ Viewpoint Vancouver Urbanism/Insight/Evolution www.viewpointvancouver.ca Managing Director of Walk Metro Vancouver, www.walkmetrovan. Twitter: @sandyjamesplan My current writing: sandyjamesplanner.wordpress.com www.walkmetrovan.ca

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