Evelyn Myrie has an excellent article in today's Hamilton Spectator. An excerpt:
For several years, a dedicated group of Hamiltonians have been pushing for a safer city. They believe this will be achieved not through increased enforcement, but through engineering. They would like to see more two-way traffic flow, narrow lanes, non-synchronized traffic lights and tree-lined roadways.
This is all the more important because of the increase in traffic volume and size and power of vehicles. For example, the Nissan Altima, at $29,000, is a typical midsize car. It has 270 hp, an amount of power that blows away the numbers of the 1987 Camaro (215), Mustang (225), and M3 (195).
In just twenty years, yesterday's serious sports cars are now total wimps. What does that do to average city speeds when the vehicle you drive is so ridiculously overpowered for the posted speed limit?
Traffic calming is not only traffic engineering, it is also social engineering. A two-tonne vehicle with massive horsepower makes it easy to adopt an antisocial personality disorder, if only for the time you are behind the wheel.
When the streets cease to be wide open raceways and it is impossible to let loose those fossil horses, you become a little bit more human. And that's a good thing.
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