Comment 96653

By hshields (registered) - website | Posted January 10, 2014 at 15:32:54

Regarding comparing Chicago and Hamilton, there is a subtle but powerful logic we should keep in mind: there is no direct correlation with size of the City to the volume of vehicle traffic on a study area.

As an example, you could be living in a small or rural town with a small population but vehicle use is extremely high. This would yield high traffic volumes in a low-population and low-density area. Conversely, you could be living in a major city area but vehicle use is extremely low. This would yield low-traffic volumes in a high-population or high-density area.

Because we don't live in a black and white world. Most places we live or travel to will be somewhere in-between: a certain level of population and density and a traffic system trying to match the volume it anticipates.

The point I'm making is that yes, you can compare Chicago to Hamilton to Toyko to Melbourne when you are talking about traffic volumes (regardless of the population size or density around it) and the corresponding appropriate road design that accomplishes your goals.

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