Second Generation Traffic Calming

Second Generation Traffic Calming

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Maxwell Ryan
Jun 18, 2004

Organics is penetrating the city. When we work in apartments, flow is always a main concern. Organic flow, meaning a balance between straight lines and stagnant tidal pools (behind furniture), is always the goal. It seems to be catching on in urban traffic managment as well.

Reported in Salon and disovered in Kottke, a study has come out of UK called "second generation" traffic calming, a combination of traffic engineering and urban design that also draws heavily on the fields of behavioral psychology and -- of all subjects -- evolutionary biology. The verdict? The short answer is that separating cars from pedestrians (as we do) is not the way to go, and mixing them together actually will improve driving. MGR

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