In my engineering studies at UC Davis, I don’t recall learning the term “road diet” or “undoing a fix” in the transportation realm. Unbelievable. If the city of Davis is not sure the Fifth Street redesign will help, hold off! Repair the roads first in this city.
Like water, if you constrict the flow and there is potential behind it, it will find the route of least resistance. So, too, for cars. In my long residency in Davis, I see most of the college students riding on the side streets parallel to Fifth Street. But now, the flow will be backed up at certain times, and cars will seek other routes of least resistance, especially those currently calm streets. The city will have caused a transportation issue on another street during high traffic times.
If I was a downtown homeowner on a side street, I would be challenging this idea. Please city of Davis, stop wasting our tax money and take a break from your ideas that will move you forward in politics or promotion. And this, coming from an Independent.