Thursday, November 08, 2012

Shared Space Traffic

Removing traffic lights can make driving, biking and walking in dense conditions safer... when done properly. Hans Moderman, the pioneer of this concept, did not simply yank the light from the busiest intersection in Drachten, the Netherlands: he replaced it with a traffic circle, a bike path, and a separate pedestrian area. Furthermore, as James C. Scott notes, drivers' increased alertness is "abetted by the law," which penalizes those it holds responsible for accidents. (Two Cheers for Anarchism)

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