Shared Space - A Great Way to Slow Traffic
Original post made by Winslow Arbenaugh on Dec 26, 2007
on Dec 27, 2007 at 8:59 am
Unfortunately, this "shared responsibility" approach would probably not work in the U.S. In a country where there is gun violence and indiscriminate shooting of innocent people, I can see that vehicular manslaughter would rise.
on Dec 27, 2007 at 3:08 pm
The program is designed only for public spaces where pedestrians and cyclists share routes with cars. Traffic engineers say it could lead to gridlock if introduced in high-traffic areas, such as large cities.
"Practically speaking, the shared space concept works only at intersections that attract fewer than 15,000 vehicles a day, said Juergen Gerlach, a professor at the Center of Traffic and Transport at the University of Wuppertal. The approach can backfire if it covers more than a half-mile of road at a time, he said. Otherwise, drivers would get too frustrated with the slow pace and bypass the area."
I think this could work in Palo Alto at certain intersections and roads.
on Dec 28, 2007 at 10:40 am
Adam you are just silly. I guess you did not get that first person shooter you wanted from Santa?
The story as told would work in Palo Alto due to the two simple rules. Also there are very few that drive 25 as posted in PA and even fewer cops that enforce 25mph; 30 is more realistic.
- Drivers cannot go more than 30 mph, the German speed limit for city driving. And everyone has to yield to the right, regardless of whether it's a car, a bike or a baby carriage. -
I still do not understand where the PC crowd is mentally at? Is it that you play too many video games? What on earth do firearms have to do with this story.