Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sidney Sydney, Australia, bike advocates have mapped no-excuse zones -- the areas around the city from which it is possible to commute to work in under 20 or 30 minutes. People who live within those zones are encouraged to bike to work a few days a week.
Newton's too far out to be within a no-excuse zone for Boston, but it is an intriguing concept.
Posted by Sean Roche at 7:01 AM
Monday, March 2, 2009
Stop signs are not for slowing traffic. That's what the Manual Of Uniform Traffic Control Devices says. And, there are studies to back up the policy.
This review surveys over 70 technical papers on the use of stop signs to slow traffic and concludes, no surprise here, that stop signs are ineffective if the aim is slower cars.
- Twenty-two papers found that multi-way stops do not control speeds.
- Nineteen studies found that compliance is poor at unwarranted stops.
- Thirteen studies found that unwarranted stop signs decrease pedestrian safety.
- Unwarranted stop signs create more noise in the vicinity of the intersection
- Unwarranted multi-way stop signs create increase operating costs
Posted by Sean Roche at 9:10 PM
We have a near crisis-level problem with traffic at all of our schools. It is critical that parents put bus-eligible children on the bus, rather than drive them to school. Yet, the city is considering an increase in bus fees.
Families that do the right thing have to pay. Parents who don't, pay nothing and impose the costs of their driving on all of this.
Here's a better suggestion: charge drivers to get within 1/4-mile of a school building during drop-off or pick-up. More money. Better policy.
Posted by Sean Roche at 8:49 PM