Iowa’s Second Largest City Says Goodbye to Downtown Traffic Lights

“One of the things we are trying to create is a low-speed urban environment,” said Matt Myers, a Cedar Rapids traffic engineer.

Removing the signals will improve traffic flow, support the vibrancy of the downtown by making it more user-friendly for cyclists and pedestrians, and enhance aesthetics, Myers said. Reducing travel lanes will help calm traffic, making the downtown safer and better balanced for the different uses, Myers said.