Section 35-506(t) of San Antonio’s Unified Development Code states that the City has identified long, wide streets encourage speeding. The code requires that the length of blocks comply with section 35-15(b)(3); however, blocks can be lengthened if traffic calming features are implemented.
Approved traffic calming features include roundabouts, median islands, and “T” intersections.
The shorter block and increase in traffic calming features will cause residents to feel safer using alternative methods of transportation such as biking or walking. This will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the overall health of the residents who will choose to walk or bike due to the increased safety.