I'm a student with two projects cooking and I'm looking for information on them.
I'm helping write a term paper on "road diets", retrofitting/re-designing streets with lane reductions, sidewalk extensions, etc. and I'm looking for case studies or people's anecdotal experiences with them. Are do the number of accidents/fatalities go down after a these projects are completed? Or maybe crash numbers go up, but intensities go down (fender-benders vs. pile-ups)? Do bike/ped counts generally go up?
Also, I'm doing a fiscal impact analysis for a county looking at how projected population, land-use, etc. will impact the demand for transportation and fire services? Is there any national standard or average ratio of firefighters to people? 5 firefighters per 10,000 people, etc.? I'm also looking for costs of average fire engines and firefighter's salaries.
I appreciate any and all thoughts.