Posts Tagged ‘traffic’

Sneckdown

January 18, 2022

In regions where there’s real winter, a “sneckdown” (“snow” + “neckdown”) can help illustrate how a traffic neckdown curb extention makes intersections safer for pedestrians by slowing turning vehicles. A Streetfilms video.

More:

“Undriven Snow: Activists Trace Winter Car Routes Reshape City Streets,” Kurt Kohlstedt, 99 Percent Invisible

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Big Highways Make Traffic Worse

May 11, 2021

Expanding highways doesn’t do what you think it does. A Vox video.

More:

“What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse,” Adam Mann, Wired

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How traffic lights ‘see’ your car and turn green

April 29, 2021

Traffic engineers know how impatient drivers are. Increasingly, they’re using sensors to control traffic lights for smoother ride. a video by Rob Sanders, Road Guy Rob.

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City Traffic: A Solution

March 29, 2021

One solution to city traffic: congestion pricing. A Vox video.

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When You Tear Down a Freeway

July 26, 2019

Here’s what happened when they tore down highways in Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Slow Driver In the Left Lane: Don’t Be That Guy!

January 31, 2019

“Why You Shouldn’t Drive Slowly in the Left Lane.” A Vox video by Christophe Haubursin and Joseph Stromberg.

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Uber Makes Traffic Worse

June 28, 2018

You can call Uber and Lyft from your phone and get a ride. Smooth, right? But with all those rideshare vehicles picking up and dropping off fares, city streets are more congested than ever. Video from Streetfilms.org.

More:

“How to Fix New York City’s ‘Unsustainable’ Traffic Woes,” Laura Bliss, CityLab

Update:

“A new study says services like UberPool are making traffic worse,” Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post

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Rush Hour

April 16, 2018

“Rush Hour,” a short film by Fernando Livschitz.

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Women: Stuck in Traffic

September 30, 2016

Women: Stuck in Traffic

The highway is a gendered place, and women pay the biggest price for road congestion.

“Traffic increased a great deal when women moved into the labor force. But this is not exactly what accounts for the gender gap. In the 1950s, car trips that were work-related accounted for about 40 percent of all car use. Today that number is less than 16 percent. The vast majority of car trips are made for various errands: taking children to school, picking up groceries, eating out, going to or from daycare, shopping, and more shopping. And it’s women who are making most of these trips. It’s a less acknowledged portion of the ‘second shift,’ which typically highlights women’s disproportionate contribution to the division of labor inside the household even when they are working outside of the household as well.”

— “Contrary to Stereotypes, Women Lose More Time in Traffic Than Men,” Tristan Bridges, Pacific Standard

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Paper Sun

July 30, 2016

“Paper Sun,” written by Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi and recorded by them with their group Traffic in 1967. Lead vocal by Steve Winwood; Dave Mason played the sitar riff. Have a psychedelic summer, man.

“So you think you’re having good times
With the boy that you just met,
Kicking sand from beach to beach
Your clothes all soaking wet”

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