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[World Streets] Silent cities

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  • ericbritton
    [http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2001/jul/19/mpsurgery23] [From the New Mobility Cafe of this date.] Here is an idea which might go on the World Streets
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 18, 2009
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      [From the New Mobility Cafe of this date.] Here is an idea which might
      go on the World Streets website but I'd like to run it through this
      group first.There have been suggestions that electric cars might need
      to have artificial noise generators to warn pedestrians and cyclists,
      who rely to a great extent on auditory cues, of their approach. See for
      example the article of 4 Dec 2008 obtained by searching for "noise
      vehicle" on .It has occurred to me to ask why not require vehicles to
      be silent while putting the onus on the drivers to avoid pedestrians
      and cyclists. The former, if universal, would bring an unimaginable
      improvement to the quality of life, and not only in cities, because
      these days many rural areas are as noisy. The latter -- strict
      liability -- would force motorists to lower their speeds by enough to
      make the streets safe for all.All surface transport vehicles --
      lorries, buses, trains and boats -- would be required to install
      electric engines. Trains and trolleybuses would run under wires as now,
      but could also take power to batteries while on the move and thereby
      run on unwired sections. Solar power from the deserts would be used to
      ensure that this power was emission-free. Low noise surfaces would be
      installed on major highways where motorists would be able to go fast.
      Aviation, where noise is probably inevitable, would be tightly
      constrained in favour of high speed trains and completely outlawed
      during the normal hours of sleep.Private vehicles would be subject to a
      mileage tax in addition to an energy tax (which would be returned to
      the providers of renewable electricity).There would be problems with
      people with limited vision, but given that Monderman stated that he
      thought people should be able to cross the road walking backwards (i.e.
      with no forward vision) I think these should be soluble. Are there any
      other problems which would make this vision unfeasible?Simon Norton
      Cambridge, UK

      Posted By ericbritton to World Streets at 3/17/2009 10:55:00 AM

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