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Blend of street +‎ road. Coined by American urban planner Charles Marohn in 2011[1].


stroad (plural stroads)

  1. (transportation planning, derogatory) A road too wide and fast to be safe for pedestrians while having too many intersections and driveways for an efficient movement of cars.
    • 2014 January 7, Sarah Goodyear, “Defining the Worst Type of Street Design”, in CityLab, Bloomberg:
      While Marohn came up with the neologism partly in a spirit of fun, he considers stroads a deadly serious problem. Not only are they dangerous and aesthetically repugnant, he argues that they are economically destructive as well.
    • 2017 June 30, David Sachs, “DPW Moves Forward With Making Quebec Street a Wide, Dangerous Stroad Instead of Prioritizing People Over Cars”, in Streetsblog Denver:
      The federal government pitched in $11.5 million for this stroad, so it requires this step before construction begins.
    • 2019 January 27, Frank Krygowski, “AG: Lit Crit wanted”, in rec.bicycles.misc, Usenet[2], message-ID <q2lvot$tda$>:
      Roads I ride on: [] Very frequently, a four lane suburban stroad with 30,000 to 40,000 cars per day. 12 foot lanes. That's a tough one, because it's sort of sharable with a tiny car (Fiat 500, VW Beetle) if the driver is careful. But anyone else will be passing too close.



  1. ^ Sarah Goodyear (January 7, 2014), “Defining the Worst Type of Street Design”, in Bloomberg[1]:
    Marohn says he coined the term in 2011 to wake up the people who design America's roads. "I really was writing it as a way to push back at the engineering profession and get my fellow engineers to think about the bizarre things they're building," says Marohn. That was why he initially wrote the word in that annoying all-cap style, which he eventually dropped.