Comment 1040

By Locke (registered) | Posted September 22, 2006 at 13:59:50

It has long been acknowledged that people slow down in built up environments. In particular, I've read about this phenomenon in relation to highways where motorists will slow down in areas of many overpasses, close buildings or walls, etc. Think 403 under King, Main and Aberdeen; traffic slows down entering this area and then takes off again on leaving.

If we know this, and we know that speed and accident frequency and severity are linked, it would indeed seem 'a no-brainer' that trees would help slow down traffic and prevent serious accidents.

The reality is, traffic engineers were first trying to increase the effectiveness of moving cars and secondly making sure there were as few things in the way when cars inevitably sped off the road.

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