Comment 78803

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 22, 2012 at 08:14:38 in reply to Comment 78779

Check out Atlantic Cities, as they've posted 2 articles (probably more) on road congestion, one correlating congestion with faster growing GDP

I wrote about that study a couple of weeks ago. The Atlantic Cities series has been really impressive.

Both reductions in lanes saw better travel times across a wide swath of the island's grid.

This sounds like an instance of the Braess Paradox, in which adding another route to a traffic network can sometimes make the network less rather efficient, whereas removing a route can sometimes make the network more efficient.

traffic "engineers" are morons.

That's really unfair. Some of the most innovative, progressive work on street design is coming from traffic engineers, e.g. the Dutch engineer Hans Mondermann, who famously implemented a model of "shared space" in which cars, bicycles and pedestrians coexist on the street with no signage, no barriers between modes and no predetermined right of way.

The way a street is designed reflects the objectives of its designers. Today, the objective for street design in Hamilton is to maximize the speed and volume of automobile traffic, and so our street designs reflect this goal. I have every confidence in our engineers' ability to design our streets differently given different objectives - but citizens and Council need to provide that direction.

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